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The African Diaspora Intl Film Festival Celebrates Black History Month Virtually

Sia, The Dream of the Python

The African Diaspora International Film Festival will celebrate Black History Month virtually nationwide from February 12 to the 15 with a selection of films about the multiple dimensions of Black History. The selection of 16 fiction films and documentaries from 14 different countries offers a global perspective on significant historical moments in the life of people of African descent worldwide. The selection includes:

Sia, The Dream of the Python by Dani Kouyaté, 96 min, 2001 (Burkina Faso)
Kombi is a poverty-stricken city dominated by a tyrant king. In order to bring back prosperity, the king is advised by his priests to make the traditional human sacrifice of a young virgin to a mystical snake god. Sia, the most beautiful young woman of the village, has been designated. Lieutenant Mamadi, her fiancé, rebels against the decision to perform this ritual and the village becomes divided. Struggles and revelations follow as the characters confront issues of honour, corruption and power. 

The Black Mozart in Cuba by Stephanie James and Steve James, 52 min, 2008 (Cuba)
Born in Guadeloupe of a Senegalese enslaved woman and a French nobleman, Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), became one of the most remarkable figures of the 18th century. He influenced the music and political life of his time. He was a genius composer and conductor, a virtuoso violinist, the best fencer in Europe, as well as the first black general in the French army. For 200 years after his death his music was rarely heard, due in part to Napoleon’s efforts to erase his existence from history. Today, his music is being rediscovered and played by orchestras and music groups around the world. In this documentary, Cuba dedicates a week of cultural activities to his memory and welcomes Saint Georges as “a great hero of the Caribbean.”

 

The First Rasta by Helen Lee, 85 min, 2010 (Jamaica, France)
Forty years after Bob Marley's death, it is time to pay tribute to Leonard Percival Howell, The First Rasta At the beginning of the last century, the young Leonard Percival Howell (1893- 1981) left Jamaica, became a sailor and traveled the world. On his way, he chanced upon all the ideas that stirred his time. From Bolshevism to New Thought, from Gandhi to Anarchism, from Garveyism to psychoanalysis, he sought to find his promised land. With this cocktail of ideas Leonard "Going" Howell returned to Jamaica and founded Pinnacle, the first Rasta community.

A Dry White Season by Ezhan Palcy, 116 min, 1989 (South Africa, USA)
Directed by Euzhan Palcy and starring Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando, A Dry White Season is a historical drama that follows a white middle class South African suburbanite with no interest in politics who agrees to help his black gardener find his jailed son. His investigation opens his eyes to the horrors committed by the secret police during apartheid and turns him into a target. With A Dry White Season Euzhan Palcy became the first black female director produced by a major Hollywood studio (MGM).

Kinshasa Mankambo by Dieudo Hamadi, 75 min, 2018 (The Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Germany, Norway, Qatar)
True/False Documentary Festival award winner Dieudo Hamadi ('National Diploma', 'Mama Colonel') exposes the political crisis in the Congo through the stories of three young political activists who fight for democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo when Joseph Kabila tried for a constitutional amendment that would have allowed him to be elected president for a third term.

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