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South African Dramedy ‘Between Friends’ Set for African Diaspora International Film Festival Centerpiece Event

South African Dramedy 'Between Friends' Set for African Diaspora International Film Festival Centerpiece Event

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) has set the Zuko Nodada indie dramedy “Between Friends,” as the Centerpiece film for its 2014 edition – a South African film in the tradition of “The Big Chill” and “Peter’s Friends,” as the filmmaker describes it.

“Between Friends”  explores the strains and old rivalries between a group of old college friends who reunite at a game lodge in KwaZulu Natal, 7 years after graduation. Haunting their reunion is the secret of a wild night they spent together at the very same lodge years ago. Long buried secrets shared by the old friends are eventually exposed, causing tensions that shake up their current relationships.

“Between Friends” features a cast of familiar faces including: Thapelo Mokoena, who plays Nkanyiso, described as a suave, successful entrepreneur who is reluctantly attending the reunion with his trophy girlfriend, Nisha, played by Amanda Du Pont; and in the role of the older and wiser Njabulo, Nkanyiso’s more laid-back brother and manager of the game lodge, is Siyabonga Radebe. The films also stars Lihle Dhlomo, who won Best Newcomer at the 2012 Mercury Durban Theatre awards and is well known on the Durban stage, and newcomer Madisa Nduna, making her feature film acting debut.

The film’s Centerpiece screening (set for Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30pm at Riverside Theater in New York City) will be part of a larger program – South African: 20 Years of Democracy – which will be presented in collaboration with the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the NFVF and the Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission. It will include a VIP reception, with keynote speaker Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, founder of the PhD program in African-American Studies, and President of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies.

Previously announced, the Danny Glover indie drama/thriller “Supremacy,” will open the festival this year, on Friday, November 28, 2014, at 7:30PM, at Symphony Space in New York City.

The film, directed by Deon Taylor, is based on a true story about a recently-paroled white supremacist who, after killing a police officer, takes an African American family hostage.

Joe Anderson (“The Grey,” “The River”), Dawn Olivieri (she plays Don Cheadle’s ex-wife on Showtime’s “House Of Lies”), Derek Luke, Evan Ross, Lela Rochon, Mahershala Ali and Anson Mount, best known from the AMC series “Hell On Wheels,” round out the key cast.

Read our interview with director Deon Taylor here, and read our review of the film here.

A trailer for the Centerpiece film, “Between Friends” is embedded below:

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