A Celebration of the African Diaspora and its Cinematic Heritage in New York

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back in New York for its 24th year. Some 66 films, including 10 shown in French, are set to celebrate the African community’s diversity across the world from November 25 until December 11, 2016.

Since 1993, the festival’s objective has been to reinforce the visibility of African directors on today’s cinema scene. “This festival is one-of-a-kind because it features films from countries such as Malawi and Ethiopia, where the film industry is not as developed”, says Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, co-founder of the ADIFF and professor of French and Spanish in New York. “The featured works raise public awareness about the creativity and quality of African film-makers.”

With this goal in mind, the festival is presenting 66 films by both emerging and established directors. The event strives to show high-quality works awarded at film festivals such as Toronto, Cannes and Vancouver, and which deal with different subjects than those traditionally covered by works on the African Diaspora. “Gurumbe: Afro-Andalusian Memories is one of the gems presented this year”, says Reinaldo Barroso-Spech. “It’s one of the rare films to focus on the issue of slavery in Spain.” The film Toussaint Louverture by the Franco-Haitian director Philippe Niang looks back on the life of the leader of the Haitian Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries — one of the first insurrections of Black slaves against their masters.

The ADIFF will also be a chance for the public to meet a number of figures from the international African Diaspora, such as Afro-American director Zeinabu irene Davis, awarded the Gordon Parks Directing Award in 2000 for her film Compensation, and actor Danny Glover, renowned for his role in the 1987 film Lethal Weapon as a Los Angeles police officer alongside Mel Gibson. “The ADIFF makes learning about films a little more accessible to the public”, says Reinaldo Barroso-Spech. “I feel I have achieved my goal.”

French films at the festival:

Sia: The Dream of the Python, by Dani Kouyaté (Burkina Faso)
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 9.50pm, Cinépolis Chelsea

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6.30pm, MIST Harlem

Montreal, White City, de Bachir Bensaddek (Canada/Algeria)
Saturday, December 9, 2016, 12pm, Cinépolis Chelsea

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 9.50pm, Cinépolis Chelsea

Mali Blues, by Lutz Gregor (Germany)
Friday December 2, 2016, 7.30pm, Cinépolis Chelsea

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7.30pm, Cinépolis Chelsea

Insoumise (Rebel), by Jawad Rhalib (Belgium)
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 1pm, Cinépolis Chelsea
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1pm, Cinépolis Chelsea

Gang of the French Caribbean, by Jean-Claude Barny (Guadeloupe)
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 8.50pm, Cinépolis Chelsea

Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey, by Mallory Sohmer and Kate Benzschawel (USA)
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3.30pm, Teachers College at Columbia University

Youssou N’Dour: Return to Gorée, by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud (Switzerland)
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1.30pm, Teachers College at Columbia University

Dancing Forever, by Christian Faure (France/Canada)
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6pm, Teachers College at Columbia University

Toussaint Louverture Part 1&2, by Philippe Niang (France/Haïti)
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 4.30pm, Teachers College at Columbia University

Cell 512, by Missa Hebié (Burkina Faso)
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 1pm, Teachers College at Columbia University

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 8.30pm, Teachers College at Columbia University

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