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The Diaspora on Film

The 18th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, which will take place from November 26th through December 14th, will screen these films at Teachers College.

Ingrid Sinclair, Rachid Bouchareb, Christian Lara, William Greaves, Abdellatif Kechiche, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Yousry Nasrallah and Richard Dutcher head the list of award winning directors whose films will be shown at the 18th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, which will take place in New York City from November 26th through December 14th. The Festival is offered through TC’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, and admission to all films is free TC students and faculty members with valid identification.

The festival, created in 1993, is an eclectic mix of foreign, independent, classic and urban films representing the global Black experience. Among the highlights of this year’s offerings are:

Africa United (U.S. premiere), a road movie in the spirit of Slumbdog Millionaire about a group of children trekking from Rwanda, to South Africa to attend the World Cup (World Soccer Championships).

Yousry Nasrallah’s Scheherazade, Tell Me Story (New York City premiere), about a female talk show host who researches and discusses stories that reveal the condition of women in Egypt.

London River (New York City premiere; directed by Rachid Bouchareb), which won Sotigui Kouyaté the award for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival. Elizabeth (Brenda Blethyn, Secrets and Lies), a Christian, and Ousmane (Kouyaté, Sia, the Dream of the Python), a Muslim, must fight their preconceptions and work together in order to find their daughter and son who have disappeared after the London bombing of July 2005.

Black Venus, the unforgettable telling of the short, deplorable existence of the “Hottentot Venus”—née Saartjie Baartman, a slave from Cape Town who was exhibited as a freak-show attraction in early 19th-century Europe. A riveting examination of racism and sexual degradation.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival 2010 will showcase a total of 102 films at five venues in Manhattan: Anthology Film Archives, Thalia Cinema, The Riverside Theatre, Milbank Chapel at Teachers College, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. For the Festival’s complete schedule, visit

Published Monday, Nov. 22, 2010


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