Year 26: The African Diaspora International Film Festival Opens Nov. 23

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The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) celebrates its 26th anniversary with a total of 61 films from 40 countries including 27 World, U.S. and New York Premieres.

Screenings will be held from November 23 through December 9 in five venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinema Village, Riverside Church, The Dwyer Cultural Center and MIST Harlem.

Some titles come directly from important national and international film festivals such as Sundance, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival, FESPACO and Berlinale.

Some of the films celebrate the contribution of men and women who have resisted and succeeded in affecting major changes in society. Films featuring Miriam Makeba, Sandra Bland, C.L.R. James, Errol Barrow, and Nobel Prize winners Dr. Denis Mukwege, Kofi Annan and Toni Morrison are part of the ADIFF 2018 line-up.

Opening Night film Timeless: A Virgin Island Love Story travels in time from 19th Century Ghana to the modern day Caribbean. It is the story of Ajuwa, a Ghanaian warrior, who loses her soulmate to the slave trade; their souls reunite in contemporary U.S. Virgin Island.

Closing Night film Muslimah’s Guide to Marriage is a comedy of manners about Muslimah Muhammad, a twenty-something African-American orthodox Muslim woman who lives in Inglewood, CA and has seven days and fourteen hours left in her Iddah (Muslim separation) before she will officially be divorced from her cheating husband.

ADIFF 2018 “Identity Politics & Black Panther, the film” program will present films and talks connected to the global popularity of Black Panther the film and a number of the issues that impact communities of color all over the world including colorism, police brutality, Black identity, Youth empowerment and the relationship between Africans and African-Americans past and present.


*Harlem Legacy by Shushana Dubreil and Genesis Tuyuc (World Premiere, USA, 2018, 26mins).

A film that follows two middle schoolers from P.S 161 Pedro Albizu Campos Middle School, who defy both academic barriers and racial stereotypes through the “rigorous academic sport of debate”.

*No Shade by Clare Anyiam-Osigwe (NY Premiere, UK, 2018, 104mins). Told through the prism of love, relationships, dating and marriage, No Shade provides a raw perspective on the issue of colorism.

*Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland by Davis Helibroner & Kate Davis (USA, 2018, 105 mins). An investigation into what happened to activist Sandra Bland, who died in police custody after a routine traffic stop.

*Crime + Punishment by Stephen Maing (USA, 2018, 112mins). The film follows the NYPD12, a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops, as they break the silence and speak out against an illegal “quota system” that continues to dictate policy in their precincts.

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