Best of African Diaspora International Film Festival at Symphony Spaceâ€™s Thalia Cinema
â€¨Described by film critic Armond White as â€œa festival that symbolizes diaspora as more than just anthropology,â€ ADIFF has managed to increase the presence of independent Afrocentric films from all over the world in the general American specialty movie scene
The African Diaspora International Film Festival and Symphony Space’s Thalia Cinema join forces to bring The Best of The African Diaspora International Film Festival, a weekend of thought provoking stories that were showcased in ADIFF 2012 and still resonate in the festival circuit and in theaters in the country.â€¨â€¨
The films run March 8 to 10, 2013.
The diverse selection of films in the program combines classic with contemporary films that bring revealing stories about people in different parts of the world. Surinam, Senegal, USA and Colombia will be showcased in a 3 day event that is packed with good story telling and imagination.
THE PIROGUEâ€¨. Sat, Mar 9 at 8 pmâ€¨. Sun, Mar 10 at 6 pmâ€¨.
A drama of 30 men (and one woman, a stowaway) who set out on an illegal 7-day voyage to Spain – making the perilous trip in a pirogue – a boat resembling a vastly oversized dinghy.â€¨â€¨
LA PLAYA D.C. Sat, Mar 9 at 4 pmâ€¨Sun, Mar 10 at 8 pm
The story of Tomas, an Afro-Columbian teenager who, like hundreds of other black Colombians, is forced to flee the civil war-torn Pacific Coast for Bogota. In Bogota, soft spoken and lanky Tomas faces racism and exclusion and is forced to mature under the weight of new responsiblities. When Jairo, his younger brother and closest friend disappears, Tomas is forced to plunge into the streets of the city to find him.
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Fri, Mar 8 at 8 pm
Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Middle of Nowhere follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated.
RETURN TO GORÉEâ€¨Sat, Mar 9 at 6 pm
Return to Gorée, tells of African singer, Youssou N’Dour and the epic journey he takes following the original path of the Atlantic slave trade in order to retrieve traditional jazz music and bring it back to Africa.
WAN PIPEL/ONE PEOPLE. â€¨Fri, Mar 8 at 6 pm
A young black Surinamese studying in Amsterdam borrows money from his Dutch girlfriend to return home to his ill mother. Surprisingly, Roy finds himself coping with an inner struggle when he sets foot on land in his native country.
â€¨Described by film critic Armond White as “a festival that symbolizes diaspora as more than just anthropology,” ADIFF has managed to increase the presence of independent Afrocentric films from all over the world in the general American specialty movie scene by launching films such as The Tracker by Rolf de Heer (Australia), Kirikou and the Sorceress by Michel Ocelot (France), Gospel Hill by Giancarlo Esposito (USA),Darrat/Dry Season by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), The First Rasta by Helene Lee (France/Jamaica), The Story of Lovers Rock by Menelik Shabazz (UK), Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story by Yousry Nasrallah(Egypt), La Playa D.C. by Juan Andres Arango (Colombia) and The Pirogue by Moussa Toure (Senegal) among others.
Attracting a wider cross-section of cinephiles and audiences of African-American, Caribbean, African, Latino and European ethnic backgrounds that share a common interest for good stories about the human experience of people of color, ADIFF is now a national and international event with festivals held in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, and Paris, France. The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
The Best of the African Diaspora International Film Festival is presented in collaboration with ArtMattan Productions, the The International Organization of La Francophonie and Symphony Space/Thalia Cinema.
For more information, trailers and tickets, please visit nyadiff.org