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Event Details: African Diaspora International Film Festival






NY Premiere

Fri, Nov. 29 @ 2PM - Chapel

Thousands of teenage girls join the National Campaign for Literacy to help teach their country to read and write. Traveling to remote mountain regions, often against the will of their parents, they lived with their students for up to one year, teaching at night and on weekends. Over 700,000 illiterate adults learned to read & write that year. And the young teachers lives would never be the same. 

Directed by Catherine Murphy, 1961, 20 min.,  Havana/Cuba,  Documentary, Spanish with English subtitles. Shown with “Grenada: Colonialism and Conflict”.  Q&A After the screening.



Grenada: Colonialism and Conflict

NY Premiere

Fri, Nov. 29 @ 2PM – Chapel

A chronicle of the philosophical and sometimes bloody struggles Grenadians have waged against colonialism and its long-lasting psychological influences. Grenadian leaders fought against colonialism in different ways. Julian Fedon freed 100 slaves to fight the British. Eric Gairy led the poor people in a massive strike and obtained many improvements for them. Maurice Bishop led a successful coup against Eric Gairy in 1979, promising education and societal reform. History tells the tale, however, that even as Grenadian leaders have struck blows at colonialism, they have at times employed the tools of oppression taught to them by their colonial masters.

Directed by Valerie Scoon, 2012, 45 min.,  Grenada/USA, 2012,  English.  Shown with “Maestra” on Fri. Nov. 29 and with “Catch a Fire” on Sat, Dec. 7.




Fri, Nov. 29 @ 4PM - Chapel                                                 

 Six men and a woman set out on the hazardous journey from Senegal to Morocco in a bid to slip illegally into Europe to escape from the poverty and internecine warfare of Africa. All are lured by the promise of a better life, but the challenges are numerous. Passing through the hands of various smugglers, they cross the desert of Mauritania and Algeria, first in a pick up, then in the back of refrigerated fish trucks, and are finally dumped and forced to walk to the Moroccan border. Though each is lured by a different reason, they unite to overcome obstacles and finally reach the coast of Morocco, where they stand looking at Spain across the narrow Straits of Gibraltar. On reaching Tangiers, the invisible travelers go their separate ways and prepare to attempt the fateful crossing to Spain. 

Directed by Mostefa Djadjam, 2002, 102 min. France/Algeria, Drama, French/ English subtitles.



Jews of Egypt

US Premiere

Sat, Nov. 30 @ 1:30PM - Chapel

A documentary that captures fragments of the lives of the Egyptian Jewish community in the first half of the twentieth century until their second grand exodus after the tripartite attack of 1956. An attempt to understand the change in the identity of the Egyptian society that turned from a society full of tolerance and acceptance of one another  and how it changed gradually by mixing religious and political views into a society that rejects the others. A film about the cosmopolitan Egypt in the 40's and Egypt in the new millennium. How did the Jews of Egypt turn in the eyes of Egyptians from partners in the same country to enemies?.

Directed by Amir Ramses, 2013, 95 min., Egypt, Documentary, Arabic/French/English subtitles.



NY'S Dirty Laundry

Sat, Nov. 30 @ 4PM - Chapel

In the weeks after 9/11, racial paradigms are shifted and hidden prejudices are revealed in this heated and often hilarious exchange between the members of two immigrant families 
(one Afro-Caribbean and the other Arab-Muslim) who clash in a crowded Brooklyn Laundromat and in an airless NYC taxicab. With mistrust already heightened, quarters are exchanged for political conversation as these “new” New Yorkers debate what it now means to be an American.
Directed by Patrice Johnson, 2007, 117 min., USA, Comedy/Drama, English. Q&A after screening.



Hill and Gully


Sat, Nov. 30 @ 6:30PM - Chapel

Hill and Gully is an urban Cinderella story, set during 2008, the historic election year of Barack Obama.  With palpable ‘Change’ in the air, love pursues an unhappy single mother, and her dysfunctional family who become transformed through the efforts of a psychiatrist whochallenges them to speak their secret wishes and to take a chance on opening their hearts to their deepest dreams. Directed by Patricia Johnson, 2012, 113 min, USA, Drama, English. Q&A after screening.



Objection 6

Sun, Dec. 1 @ 2PM – Chapel

With amazing camera work putting you in the shoes of the lead character, “Objection 6”  tells the story of a deportation that happened in March 2010, which ended with the tragic death of an asylum seeker. Directed by Rolando Colla, 17 min., Germany/Switzerland, Drama, English.  Shown with “Stateless”.




NY Premiere

Sun, Dec. 1 @ 2PM – Chapel

The film draws attention to the impending cessation of status for Rwandan refugees, and the questionable conditions in which they would be forced to return to Rwanda.  The documentary features Hotel Rwanda’s Paul Rusesabagina, the Fahamu Refugee Programme’s, Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond, representatives from Amnesty International and others.

Directed by Scott Erlinder, 2013, 47 min. USA/Uganda/ Belgium/France/UK, Documentary, English. Shown with “Objection 6”.



The Stuart Hall Project


Sun, Dec. 1 @ 4PM – Chapel

Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of a generation. A thinker and commentator, his peers include other giants of political commentary such as Noam Chomsky, Susan Sontag, Alan Ginsberg, Michel Foucault and Gore Vidal. John Akomfrah's sweeping and majestic film “The Stuart Hall Project”takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the upheavals, struggles and turning points that made the 20th century, the century of campaigning, and of global political and cultural change.

Directed by John Akomfrah, 2013, 95 min., UK, Documentary, English



Tula, The Revolt

NY Premiere

Sun, Dec. 1 @ 6PM – Chapel

Starring Danny Glover, “Tula, The Revolt” is an international English spoken feature length movie about the leader of the big slave uprising on the island of Curacao, a Dutch colony in 1795. It tells the true story of a man who dared to stand up against his oppressors leading his people in a peaceful march for freedom, equality and brotherhood. Although several movies on the broader subject of slavery have been made, there was never a movie on the essence of slave resistance. The revolt on Curacao began peacefully and was meant to be won by words, rather than arms. This makes this true story unique in its kind. Directed by Jeroen Leinders, 2013, 100 min, Netherlands/ Curacao, Drama, English.



Kirikou & the Sorceress


Mon, Dec. 2 @ 11AM – Chapel

This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked.

Directed by Michel Ocelot, 1998, 70 min, France, French/English subtitles or dubbed in English.



The Miscreants

NY Premiere

Mon, Dec. 2 @ 6PM – Chapel 

On the order of their spiritual leader, three young Islamists kidnap a group of actors who are about to go on tour with their latest show. When the kidnappers arrive at the place of detention, they find themselves cut off from their base. Ensues a 7-day no exit situation, in which both sides are forced to live together, confront each other and challenge their mutual prejudices.

Directed by Mohcine Besri, Morocco, 2012, 88 min, Drama, Arabic/English subtitles. Sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.

Toussaint Louverture – Back by Popular Demand
Mon, Dec. 2 @ 8PM  – The Chapel 
Toussaint Louverture is the long-awaited, two-part epic film depicting the life of the Haitian leader. Louverture led the first successful slave revolt in world history, defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and winning independence from France. Known for his military genius and political acumen, Louverture established Haiti as the first Black nation in the western hemisphere and the first Black free nation as well. The success of Louverture and the Haitian Revolution rocked the institution of slavery throughout the “New World” of the Americas.
Directed by Philippe Niang, 2012, two 90 min films, Drama, French and Creole with English subtitles.


Good-bye Momo


Tue, Dec. 3 @ 11AM – Chapel

Obdulio is an 11-year-old Afro-Uruguayan boy who lives with his grandmother and sells newspapers for a living while he cannot read or write. Obdulio is not interested in going to school until he finds out that the night watchman of the newspaper's office is a charismatic magical "Maestro" who not only introduces him to the world of literacy but also teaches him the real meaning of life through the lyrics of the "Murgas" (Carnival Pierrots) during the mythical nights of the irreverent and provocative Uruguayan carnival.

Directed by Leondro Ricagni, 2005, 100 min, Uruguay, Drama, Spanish/ English subtitles.


Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

Tue, Dec. 3 @ 6PM – Chapel

“Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights” focuses on black women activists and their marginalization within the Black Power and Feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Filmmaker Nevline Nnaji looks at how each movement failed to fully recognize black women’s overlapping identities and include them as both African Americans and women. Through interviews and archival footage, “Reflections Unheard…” tells the story of these black female activists’ political mobilization and fight for recognition.

Directed by Nevline Nnaji, USA, 2013, 81min, Documentary, English.  Q&A after screening.




NY Premiere

Tue, Dec. 3 @ 8:30PM – Chapel

 “Zabana!” is an impassioned, meticulously researched account of the short life of Algerian freedom fighter Ahmed Zabana, whose execution in 1956 by French colonial authorities ignited the "Battle of Algiers" and the crucial phase of Algeria's struggle for independence. Zabana was the first Algerian martyr to be executed by the guillotine, after the French government with Francois Mitterand as the minister of justice, approved its use. Zabana was executed on 19 June 1956. Barely 30-years-old, his martyrdom sparked the Algerian war that started six months after his execution.

Directed by Saïd Ould-Khelifa, 2012, 107 min., Algeria, Historical, Amazigh/Arabic/French/English subtitles.



Good-bye Momo


Wed, Dec. 4 @ 11AM – Chapel


Sable Fable

Wed, Dec. 4 @ 6PM - Chapel         

“Sable Fable” is the second edition to the “Sex and Race” trilogy from SAR Productions, following internationally acclaimed and multi-awarding feature film: “David is Dying”. “Sable Fable” is a beautiful story exploring the complex psychology of love, sex and ethnicity through three very different couples whose lives intertwine with one another through a series of unfortunate events.

Directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson, 2013, 90 min, UK, English. Q&A after screening



The Kampala Story

NY Premiere


Wed, Dec. 4 @ 8PM - Chapel

A drama about family and responsibility. It is about a karimojong girl’s maturing into a woman. Apio, a 14 year old Karamojong girl and her mother run their household on money wired through mobile money service from her father who works at a security firm in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. When her father all of a sudden stops communicating with the family at a time when Apio's mother is pregnant and might need a costly medical operation, she travels to Kampala to find him so they can SMS money back home. Apio then is confronted to the dangers of a city unfriendly to courageous young girls. The film portraits a modern Africa where, a decade ago, 300.000 people in Uganda had access to a telephone, and today more than 3.000.000 people own a mobile phone.

Directed by Kasper Bisgaard, 2012, 62 min., Uganda, Drama/Comedy, Karamojong/Luanda/English subtitles. Shown with “Sweet Sweet Country”. Q&A after the screening.



Sweet, Sweet, Country

US Premiere


Wed, Dec. 4 @ 8PM - Chapel

Living in a small Southern town, 20 year-old refugee Ndizeye struggles to support not only herself, but the family she left behind in a Kenyan refugee camp. Her struggle becomes so much more when her family literally shows up at her doorstep. Directed by Dehanza Rogers, 2013, 19 min 12 sec, USA, Drama, English.  Shown with “The Kampala Story”.



Kirikou & the Sorceress


Thu, Dec. 5 @ 11AM – Chapel


I Don' Been Through The Snake's Skin & Come Out Clean

NY Premiere

Thu, Dec. 5 @ 7PM – 177/179 GD

Elders are the roots that connect the family tree.  Focuses on the cohesiveness of family which stems from its ancestors, the film is about the life, love and legacy of Louisiana grandparents passed on through the generations. Affectionately called Mama and Papa Frank by their grandchildren, they have outlived Jim Crow laws, the depression, the mass migration, major wars, and the fight for basic human and civil rights in this country. Although the Franks had no formal education, their life's knowledge will give young people an understanding of the social, political and cultural trends form a genuinely personal perspective. Directed by Ada M. Babino, 2013, 57 min., USA, Documentary, English. Q&A after screening.



Filling the Gap


Fri, Dec. 6 @ 11AM – Chapel

Conceived as an effort to alter the way African-American children see themselves and their ancestors, this docu-drama highlights the inventive and inspired contributions of African-Americans in the 1840s, the period leading to the Civil War in American History. Developed in collaboration with Florida-based historian Mary Fears to produce a historically accurate portrayal of the brave, compelling lives of African American skilled craftsmen, artists, inventors, and Union spies, the film is certain to enthrall young audiences with this overlooked facet of history.

Directed by Tyrone Young, 2010, 83 min, USA, Docu-drama, English.



The African Cypher

NY Premiere

Fri, Dec. 6 @ 7:30PM - Cowin

This is the physicality of the dance; the awe of a body flowing through space, flipping, spinning, and snaking as if giving birth to a new means of self-expression. Across South African cities and townships, dance has long been a mirror of the community, replaying allegorical stories that both educate and entertain. The film harnesses the energy of the unique and diverse performance styles of isiPantsula and sBhujwa to Krump and B-boy. Crime and poverty may be a challenging reality in township life, but the dancers featured describe how their art has enriched their lives with new avenues, and pay it forward by engaging with youth through mentorship and dance training that breaks the cycle of crime and offers hope.

Directed by Bryan Litlle, 2012, 88 min., South Africa, Documentary, Zulu/ Xhosa/Afrikaans/ English subt. Q&A after screening.




Looking for Life


Sat, Dec 7 @ 1PM - Chapel

“Looking for Life” introduces the viewer to two women, Anne-Rose and Rosemene, who each one has their own particular way of battling through life. The former makes lunches in a factory yard in Port-au-Prince and sells her meals to the factory workers; the latter is employed in the same factory as a production worker making pullovers and T-shirts. Every day she buys her midday meal on credit from Anne-Rose. Through the connection between these two women the film shows part of their daily work and the constant battle for survival that they lead together with other women in Haiti. Going beyond this, however the film demonstrates the extent to which the importation of North American goods has brought about the collapse of Haitian regional production and ruined Haiti's economy. The connection between the two topics of the film reveals the significant role that Haitian women of today play in an economy that has been bled dry.

Directed by Claudette Coulanges,  1999 60 min.,  Haiti/Germany, Documentary, Creole/ French/ English subtitles.



Fatal Assistance / Assistance Mortelle


Sat, Dec 7 @ 3PM - Chapel

Raoul Peck takes us on a two-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory, and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative and radical point of view, “Fatal Assistance” offers a devastating indictment of the international community's post-disaster idealism. The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing the disturbing extent of a general failure. We learn that a major portion of the money pledged to Haiti was never disbursed, nor made it into the actual reconstruction. Fatal Assistance leads us to one clear conclusion: current aid policies and practices in Haiti need to stop immediately.

Directed by Raoul Peck, 2012, 99 min, France/Belgium/ USA/Haiti, Documentary, English/Creole/ French/ English subtitles.



Birthright Crisis 2013

Sat, Dec. 7 @ 5PM  – The Chapel

People of Haitian descent are systematically denied citizenship rights in the Dominican Republic. This video is about the Haitian-Dominican community’s resistance in the face of illegal deportations, scapegoating, and exclusion.

Directed by Miriam Neptune, 2013, 15min, Documentary,  Creole with English subtitles.

Shown with Ayiti Tomas



Ayiti Toma, Au Pays Des Vivants

US Premiere


Sat, Dec. 7 @ 5PM – Chapel

Beyond the country that overcame slavery to become the first Black Republic, beyond the country that has survived numerous natural disasters and even humanitarian aid, lies Ayiti Toma, the 'country that is ours'. The documentary that bears this name aspires to present this lesser known, more inclusive Ayiti as it is retold and illuminated by the Ayitians themselves, be they intellectuals, politicians, practitioners of voodoo or young survivors from a hard-hit borough of Port-au-Prince. With the additional input of anthropologists, historians and aid workers (including Sean Penn), this documentary illustrates that the extraordinary culture of this 'magical people' must be taken into account if Ayiti Toma, the land of the living is to come into being.

Directed by Joseph Hillel,  82 min, Canada/Haiti, Documentary, Creole with English subtitles. Q&A after screening and reception.



Alice Walker Beauty in Truth

NY Premiere


Sat, Dec. 7 @ 8PM – Cowin

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth offers a penetrating look at the life and work of this artist, human rights activist, and self-confessed renegade. Though Walker broke into nation- al prominence in 1983 as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, her influence on American literature was already well-established. Director Pratibha Parmar traces Walker's extraordinary journey from the cotton fields of Georgia, through her precarious life as a black rights activist living in an interracial marriage, to her international fame as the writer of The Color Purple.

Directed by Pratibha Parmar, USA, 2013, 84 min., USA, Documentary, English. Q&A after screening followed by reception.



Youths of Shasha
US Premiere


Sun, Dec. 8 @ 5PM - Cowin

This documentary talks about the situation of the music-talented youth in Shashamane, Ethiopia. This is a piece of land that Haile Selassie gave to all Rastafarian people who decided to come back to Africa. They do not have a studio or music distribution deals that can support them. Yet, because they love and need to express themselves by music, they keep doing it, facing many obstacles. This documentary is a part of a larger project: to establish the first music school and recording studio in Shashamane.

Directed by Renato  "Rastewelde"  Tome, 2013, 45 min, Ethiopia/ Italy, Documentary, Jamaican/English/ English subtitles. Shown with  “Nishan, (Medal of Honor)”




NY Premiere


Sun, Dec. 8 @ 5PM - Cowin

Nishan is a strong Ethiopian woman who has recently obtained a rare visa to leave the city and work abroad. Nishan’s father returns one night from gambling with the prize of an antique golden gun. Unbeknownst to him, the gun is a highly prized memento avidly sought by a pair of ruthless thieves. As the thieves move closer to discovering the gun’s whereabouts, Nishan must resist the advances of Engda, her boss’s conniving son who intends to trap her into marriage. Luckily, romance has recently blossomed with a young doctor who is always there to help her find a solution to her problems.

Directed by Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn, 2013, 105 min, EthiopiaDrama, Amaharic/English subt. Q&A  and reception. Shown with “Youths of Shasha”. Sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines. 



Masai: The Rain Warriors


Tue, Dec. 10 @ 11AM – Chapel

Faced with a drought that endangers the continuity of their people, Masai elders are convinced that they have been cursed by the Red God -- the God of Vengeance. Following the death of the war chief, a group of adolescents must now cross over to adulthood, forced to quickly form a new generation of inexperienced but brave warriors. The young men must bring back the mane of a legendary lion, which appears at every critical period of Masai history to appease the wrath of the Red God and bring back the rains.

Directed by Pascal Plisson, 2005, 94 min, epic drama, France/Kenya, Maa with English subtitles.


The New Public

Tue, Dec. 10 @ 6PM - Chapel

In fall 2006, former DJ, point guard and teacher turned first-time principal, James O’Brien, opened a small public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where 1/3 of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%. With infectious optimism, O’Brien and his team of eight undertook a an unconventional approach and ambition mission: Create a school with an arts-oriented curriculum that also emphasizes self-development, community collaboration and social change. Initially, the buzz from everyone was that this was a dream come true. But conflicts arose when untested idealism was challenged by long-standing realities far bigger than school. Over four years, this heartfelt verité film follows the journey of students, parents and educators striving to make a difference in the futures of young people whose lives are stark representations of our country’s education and opportunity gaps. Through the prism of one inner-city public school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.

Directed by Jyllian Gunther, 87 min, 2013, USA, Documentary, English.



The Last Song Before The War

NY Premiere

Tue, Dec. 10 @ 8:30PM - Chapel

The film captures the inspiring rise and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. The festival history is told from the perspective of the co-founder and festival director, Manny Ansar, the musicians who perform and the intrepid travelers from around the world who make the long journey to attend the festival.  After 12 years of success and unforgettable musical moments, the Festival in the Desert came to a halt in 2012 when Tuareg rebels and Islamic militants seized control of Northern Mali. “The Last Song Before the War” chronicles the 2011 Festival global display of peace, reconciliation, and the healing power of music, before being forced into exile.

Directed by Kiley Kraskouskas, 2013, 89 m, Mali/USA, Documentary, French/English subtitles. Q&A after screening.



Red, White, Black & Blue


Wed, Dec. 11 @ 11AM – Chapel

Students from South Los Angeles fly to New Zealand to play Rugby. A sport that is increasingly popular in the United States, the tour provides these students and the Kiwi teams they battle a rare opportunity to dig beneath the surface of things. On the field, troubled histories melt away, and we see boys rise as men; girls lead as women stronger for facing up to a challenge. Red, White, Black and Blue provides a sensitive take on a rough game.

Directed by James Brown, 2012, 81 min, USA/New Zealand, Documentary, English



African Independence

Wed, Dec. 11 @ 6PM - Chapel

The film highlights the birth, realization, and problems confronted by the movement to win independence in Africa.  The story is told by channeling the voices of freedom fighters and leaders who achieved independence, liberty and justice for African people.  This film offers a unique presentation designed to enlighten and provide audiences with insights from Africans into the continent’s past, present, and future.  Through the lens of four watershed events—World War Two, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics,“African Independence” shows a unique side of Africa’s recent history.  

Directed by Tukufu Zuberi, 2012, 117 min, Kenya/ South Africa/ Tanzania/Ghana, Documentary, Portuguese/ Kikuyu, English subtitles. Q&A after screening.



The Zero Hour

Wed, Dec. 11 @ 8:40PM – Chapel

Set in Caracas during the 24 hours of a controversial medical strike, the film tells the story of a feared hit man that is forced to take an elite hospital hostage in an attempt to save his wounded girlfriend. The police don't take long to arrive, and with them, a circus of media and onlookers. Parca soon becomes an unlikely hero, a "champion for the poor," until his stunt begins to divide the entire nation and violence begins to spread within the hospital and throughout the city. 

Directed by Diego Velasco, 2010, 100 min., Venezuela, Action, Spanish/English subtitles.



Red, White, Black & Blue


Thu, Dec. 12 @ 11AM – Chapel




World Premiere

Thu, Dec. 12 @ 6PM – Chapel

The story of a tragic case of mistaken identity unfolds as the FBI detains a Moroccan woman thought to be the wife of the lead terrorist in theSept 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The film was shot in Casablanca Morocco and Washington D.C.

Directed by Al Robbins, 2012, 84 min, Morocco/USA, Drama, English.



Papilio Buddha.

US Premiere

Thu, Dec. 12 @ 8PM - Chapel

“Papilio Buddha” is the story of a group of displaced Dalits in the Western Ghats of India. Their struggle against the local powers and government is told through the eyes of Shankaran, an educated youth, who is indifferent to the resistance movement runs by his father Karian, a onetime communist now feels betrayed by the movement. The film brings into focus, an example of the epic land struggles, which are fought in various regions of the state and all over India, and the oppression of indigenous people by the powerful political and social establishments. It is also mapping the environmental degradation and abuse of pristine mountain habitats by outside forces.

 Directed by Jayan K. Cherian,  2013, 108 min., India, Drama, Malayalam. Q&A after screening.



Filling the Gap


Fri, Dec. 13 @11AM – Chapel



Chikin Biznis

Fri, Dec. 13 @ 6:PM-Chapel

After working for the same boss on the stock exchange for twenty-five years, the elderly Sipho retires. He decides to start selling live chickens on the black market in the township, in the hope of one day being able to return to the stock market as an investor to make his fortune. But he still has a long way to go. He buys a pickup, a shipment of chickens and heads for the market. Trade is flourishing, but Sipho’s success angers the competition. After an attempted theft, he decides to take the chickens into his house, to the dismay of his wife.

Directed by Ntshaveni Wa Luruli, 1999, 103 min, South Africa, Drama, EnglishAfrikaans/  Zulu/ English subtitles.



Tango Negro, African Roots of Tango

US Premiere


Fri, Dec. 13 @ 8:30PM - Cowin

“Tango Negro, African  Roots of Tango” by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro explores the expression of Tango’s Africanness and the contribution of African cultures in the creation of the tango. Tango was a reflection of the social life of the slaves that were taken to South America – including Argentina and Uruguay – mostly from central Africa, particularly from the former Kongo Kingdom. Director Dom Pedro reveals the depth of the footprints of the African music on the tango, through this rich movie combining musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Caceres.

Directed by Dom Pedro,2013, 93 min., France, Documentary, French/Spanish/ English subtitles. Q&A followed by reception.  Shown with “Candombe”


Abdias  Nascimento


Sat, Dec. 14 @ 2PM - Chapel

Loving and revealing documentary about Afro-Brazilian scholar/writer/activist/politician Abdias do Nascimento (1930-2011), a significant figure in and leader in Brazil’s Black movement who founded the Black Experimental Theater in 1964 and was very active in the international Pan-African Movement. Directed by Aida Marques, 2011, 95 min, Brazil, Documentary, Portuguese with English subtitles.



Daughters of The Wind


Sat, Dec. 14 @ 4PM – Chapel

For much of Brazil's history, its national mythology held that the country did not have a race problem, even as its darker citizens were subjected to routine social and economic discrimination. Mr. Araújo has assembled a multigenerational cast of talented black actors to explore, among other things, the obstacles facing black performers in Brazil's film and television industries. Race may be the film's central theme, but this sexy, sometimes ungainly soap opera also looks at sexual mores, familiar relationships and the cultural differences between urban and rural Brazil.

Directed by Joel Zito Araújo, 83 minutes, Brazil, Drama. Q&A after screening.



Fan do Brazil

NY Premiere


Sat, Dec. 14 @ 6PM – Chapel

Rui Moreira, a famous Brazilian dancer, is also the artistic Director of the FAN, Festival of Black Arts in Brazil. In a country where black people are still the victims of social injustice, this festival pays tribute to the contribution of Afro-Brazilians to the country’s cultural and economic development. Directed by Steve James, 52 min, Guadalupe, Documentary. Q&A after screening.



Race / Raça

US Premiere


Sat, Dec. 14 @ 8PM – Cowin

In a country with the world’s second largest black population and a reputation for racial harmony, black Brazilians remain nearly absent in the halls of power and history books. But things are changing. “Raça” follows three people on the front lines of a hauntingly familiar, yet quintessentially Brazilian, battle for equality.  In the modernist capital of Brasilia, the country’s only black senator fights for landmark civil rights legislation. In the fast-paced metropolis of São Paulo, a famous black pop-star launches a TV station with a cast that looks like Brazil rather than Scandinavia.  And deep in the rural countryside, a granddaughter of slaves mobilizes her neighbors to defend ancestral land rights.

Directed by Joel Zito Araújo and Megan Mylan, Brazil/USA, Portuguese with English subt. Q&A followed by reception.



The Wooden Camera


Sun, Dec. 15 @ 2PM - Chapel

In a Cape Town‘s nearby townshipKhayelitsha, two 14-year-old friends, Madiba  and Sipho, find a dead body as they are playing alongside the railroad tracks.  With the body, they find a gun with one bullet and a video camera. Sipho takes the gun and Madiba takes the camera, which he puts inside a wooden toy to make the camera seem to be a not-working toy. These choices will drive the rest of their lives. Madiba films the world around him while siphon becomes a robber.

 Directed by Ntshavheni wa Luruli, 92 min, South Africa, Drama, English. Q&A after screening. Shown with “Five Dollars”.




Sun, Dec. 15 @ 4PM - Chapel

As 14 years old Dina gets pregnant, her mother understands that her husband's violent conduct has reached an intolerable extend. Dina tries to convince her mother to report her father to the police. Directed by Mickey Fonseca, 2012, 22 min, Mozambique, Drama, Portuguese/ English subt. Shown with “Elelwani”.




US Premiere

Sun, Dec. 15 @ 4PM - Chapel

Elelwani is a young university educated woman brought up in an environment steeped in tradition. She has to choose between love and duty, between cultural traditions and modernity. Her parents have promised her hand in marriage to the Venda Prince as his third wife and, as a dutiful daughter, she wishes to obey their wishes and protect their honor. But in order to fulfill this promise of marriage to the Prince, she must relinquish her dreams of travel to further her education and most importantly her true love (Vele a young man she meets at university), to bear the Prince an heir. Once Elelwani complies with her parent’s wishes, she uncovers dark secrets in the Royal family and becomes trapped by a web of deceit.

Directed by Ntshaveni Wa Luruli, 2012, 103 min., South Africa, Drama, Tslivenda/English subtitles. Q&A and receptionShown with “Dina”.


Type: Film

Location: See the Schedule

Date & Time: From 12/3/2013 2:00 PM To 12/15/2013 8:00 PM

Contact: Diarah N'daw-Spech


Preventing Sexual and Gender Discrimination, Harassment & Sexual Assault - Title IX Compliance

November 2013

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