This weekend, February 26 to 28, 2016, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will celebrate
Black History Month from an international perspective in the spirit of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015 –
“Black History Month is today celebrated in the USA, the UK, Canada and Germany. So, this is a global celebration!” explains
Dr. Reinaldo B. Spech, Co-Director of ADIFF.
The Opening Program of ADIFF’s Celebrating Black History Month will feature three short and medium length films:
– “Sons of Benkos” by
Lucas Silva, which shows the evolution of Afro-Colombian music over generations while exploring the presence of African culture in
– “Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World” by Annette von Wangenheim – a tender, revealing documentary about
one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the twentieth century;
– And “Ancestral Land,” about the Gullah Geechee
peoples, descendants of African slaves in South Carolina and Georgia, and the struggle they are facing to hold on to their land and
The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with Martina Donlon, UN Representative of the International Decade for
People of African Descent, Mary Ferreira, UN TV producer of Ancestral Land, and Dr. Reinaldo B. Spech, Co-Director of the
African Diaspora International Film Festival.
The free program will end with a reception.
On Saturday, February 27, ADIFF will spotlight the history of the Caribbean with a special focus on Haiti and Jamaica:
– “Jacques Roumain:
Passion For A Country” by Arnold Antonin is an exploration of Haitian society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that focuses on the
tormented life of one of Haiti’s most important authors and prominent political figures, Jacques Roumain. And the two-part historic
drama, “Toussaint Louverture” by Philippe Niang, a portrait of the man who used his military genius and political acumen to lead the
first successful slave uprising that led to the independence of Haiti.
– Filmed over a decade in Jamaica and the UK, “The Price of Memory” follows a group of Rastafari who petitioned Queen Elizabeth II for
slavery reparations on her last visit to Jamaica, and the lawsuit that followed. Director Karen Marks Mafundikwa will be available for a
Q&A after the screening.
– “Time and Judgment” by Menelik Shabazz narrates the tribulations and successes of people of African descent
in and out of Africa and offers an overview and a critical political analysis of four hundred years of the Black Liberation Movement.
Two films on Sunday will focus on the African American experience:
– The award winning documentary “Black Panthers, Vanguard of the
Revolution” by Stanley Nelson;
– And “Invisible Heroes: African-Americans in the Spanish Civil War” by Alfonso Domingo and Jordi Torrent,
a revealing documentary about African Americans who joined the heroic struggle in defense of the Spanish Republic to fight against
racism, and for civil rights denied to them in their own country.
There will be a Q&A with Jordi Torrent after the screening.
ADIFF will also present a special fundraiser screening of “Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus” by Chris Cotter about the plight of Eritrean
refugees and their migration path through Ethiopia and into Israel. Ticket sales proceeds from this event – that will also include a panel
discussion and reception – will be donated to local NGOs working with the refugees.
For more information ADIFF’s Celebrating Black History Month, including the full schedule and ticket information, visit the festival’s web site: www.nyadiff.org.