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28th ANNUAL AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP

Image: The Mali-Cuba Connection Africa Mia by Edouard Salier and Richard Minier

The 28th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival announces its 2020 Francophone Program line-up. ADIFF-NY goes 100% online nationwide for the first time and brings the world to your doorstep from Nov. 27 to Dec. 13, 2020.

For the twenty-eightconsecutive year, ADIFF will be a place where individuals of diverse origins, nationalities and orientations come together to broaden knowledge about the human experience of people of color all over the globe. This edition’s includes 7 French coproductions, 3 of which are US and New York premieres.

THE ESMERALDAS BEACH, 2020 I US PREMIERE

Directed by Patrice Raynal (FRANCE/ECUADOR) - Documentary

A documentary that sets out to expose the invisibility of Afro-Ecuadorians and rectify the narrative of the country’s history. Among other stories is that of the 1999 assassination of Prime Minister Jaime Hurtado, the first Black to hold that office.


 

THE MALI-CUBA CONNECTION / AFRICA MIA, 2020 I US PREMIERE

Directed by Richard Minier and Edouard Salier (FRANCE/CUBA/MALI) - Documentary.

A musical documentary about ten young promising musicians from Mali sent to Cuba in 1964 to study music who developed a revolutionary new sound mixing Afro-Cuban rhythms with traditional African music. 


LIL BUCK: REAL SWAN, 2019 I CLOSING FILM

Directed by Louis Wallecan (FRANCE/USA) - Documentary 

Bringing his experience in the ballet world with him, Lil Buck heads back to South Memphis to teach dance to the youth, offering them the chance of a better future. Returning home to the town where he first learned to dance, Lil Buck leads us through the streets as he recounts his personal story and the history of Jookin. 


LA PLAYA DC, 2012

Directed by Juan Andrés Arango Garcia (FRANCE/COLOMBIA)

La Playa D.C. is about an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country’s Pacific coast pushed out by the war, and faces the difficulties of growing up in the city of Bogota. Tomas grows up surrounded by exclusion and racism. When his younger brother and closest friend disappears, Tomas hits the streets to find his brother and identity. Through this journey, Tomas reveals a unique perspective of a vibrant and unstable city that, like Tomas, stands on the threshold between what once was and what might be.


FEVERS, 2013

Directed by Hicham Ayouch (FRANCE/MOROCCO) 

Benjamin is a child in war against the world, he has known violence and social care homes. One day his mother goes to prison, Benjamin learns he has a father, he will now go live with him in a city in the Parisian suburbs.


RETURN TO GOREE2006

Directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud (SENEGAL/SWITZERLAND/FRANCE)

A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s historical journey tracing the trail left by enslaved Africans and the jazz music they created. Youssou N’Dour’s challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims.  From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with of some of the world’s most exceptional musicians, Youssou N’Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert…


KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS1998

Directed by Michel Ocelot (FRANCE/SENEGAL) 

This child-friendly animated features exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked.

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