Stories of Love and Passion – NYADIFF Film Festival

ADIFF 2018

April 27 to April 29, 2018 | 2:00pm – 11:00pm

The African Diaspora International Film Festival and the Office of the VP for Diversity & Community Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University invites you to our film series, STORIES OF LOVE AND PASSION.




Friday, April 27
7pm – No Time to Die – Free screening

Saturday, April 28
1:00pm – Ava & Gabriel
3:00pm – Sins of the Flesh
5:30pm – The Citizen
8:00pm – Never Came Back – Q&A & reception

Sunday, April 29
2:00pm – Rosa Chumbe
4:00pm – Foreign Body
6:00pm – The Naked Poet

Directions: Train 1 to 116th Street. FREE Street Parking on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the African Diaspora International Film Festival, to receive links and high resolution images please contact, Diarah N’Daw-Spech at (212) 864-1760/ fax (212) 316-6020 or e-mail

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
Cost: FREE SCREENING on Fri., 4/27 at 7pm; Sat., 4/28 & Sun., 4/29 screenings – General price: $13; Students/Seniors: $11. Passes: Weekend Pass: $40. Special Event: Never Came Back – screening, discussion/Q&A and reception: $15.

Columbia University – Teachers College
525 West 120th Street – 263 Macy
New York NY 10027

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“Black Ballerina” Directed and Produced by Frances McElroy

May 3, 2018 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Directed and Produced by Frances McElroy, Black Ballerina tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne, and Raven Wilkinson faced racism in pursuit of careers in classical dance. Today, young dancers of color continue to face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet. Moving back and forth in time, this lyrical, character-driven film shows how far we still have to go and stimulates a fresh discussion about race, inclusion, and opportunity across all sectors of American society.

Black Ballerina is a production of Shirley Road Productions. Funders include the National Endowment for the Arts and Women in Film. It is being distributed by American Public Television. Frances McElroy, director/ producer of Black Ballerina, co-directed and co-produced the PBS documentary Mirror Dance. She is a 2009 Pew Arts Fellow.

Cost: FREE

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, The Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue btwn 64th and 65th Streets
New York NY 10023

Satchmo in the Studio

April 30, 2018 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

On International Jazz Day 2018, The Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Museum of the City of New York are teaming up for the first public screening of the only known film of Louis Armstrong in the studio, recording his 1959 album, Satchmo Plays King Oliver. The acquisition of the film made headlines in 2015 but it has never been shown publicly until now. Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi will provide commentary on the film before a special live performance by David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.

About the Speaker and Performers:
Ricky Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years (Vintage, 2012). He runs the online blog, “The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong,” and has given lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world.

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band has been performing since 1980, inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and their colleagues.  They have a weekly engagement at New York City’s Birdland and have performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Night Swing and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Cost: $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID); $10 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

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Fania All-Stars: Live in Africa

April 11, 2018 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

In 1974, during the heyday of New York City’s salsa explosion, the Fania All-Stars, a group that brought together several of the Fania record label’s most popular artists, were invited to perform in front of 80,000 people at a stadium in Zaire, Africa. Featuring exquisite performances by Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, and the All-Stars’ many other virtuoso players and vocalists, the concert was captured on film by director, Leon Gast with help from Albert Maysles. Live In Africa (92 min, 1974) offers a glimpse into a particularly soulful moment in the history of Latin music and serves as a key document of the influence of New York City’s diasporic, polyglot cultures on the world. Conversation to follow, speakers to be announced.

Cost: $15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students, and educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum and Maysles Documentary Center Members. Includes Museum admission.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

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Barbara Jordan “I Dared To Be Me”

April 15, 2018 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Born on February 21, 1936, in Houston, Texas, Barbara Jordan was a lawyer, educator and politician. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to the Texas State Senate (1966) and the “first” African American from Texas to serve in the United States House of Representatives, from 1972 to 1978.  As President “Pro Temp” Jordan was called upon to be the acting governor of Texas for a day. By becoming governor for a day Jordan becomes the “first” African American woman governor in the history of the United States. She captured the attention of President Lyndon Johnson, who invited her to the White House for a preview of his 1967 civil rights message.

Barbara Jordan emerged as an eloquent and powerful interpreter of the Watergate impeachment investigation at a time when many Americans despaired about the Constitution and the country. Jordan lent added weight to her message by her very presence on the House Judiciary Committee. She was the keynote speaker during the impeachment process of Richard Nixon.

Cost: FREE

Raymour and Flanigan Furniture Store
100 West 125th Street btwn Park and Lexington Aves – Third Floor
New York NY 1002

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First Fridays! Havana Film Festival: De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo (From Puerto Rico to the World)

April 6, 2018  – 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Kicking off the 19th Annual Havana Film Festival New York, the Museum will host a screening of De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo (From Puerto Rico to the World), an ode to the Puerto Rican diaspora by Carlitos Ruiz and Mariem Pérez. The documentary features interviews with Rita Moreno, Rosie Perez and Luis Guzmán.

6:00pm – 7:00pm Kids activity table and gallery tours
7:00pm Screening De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo
8:30pm Live music by Flaco Navaja & the Razor Blades

Cost: Free. Tickets are free. RSVP required.

Bronx Museum of Arts
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
Bronx NY 10456

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Stretch Music X Film: “Samaria”

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March 28, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Join us for a screening of award-winning screenwriter and director, Kiel Adrian Scott’s, new short film “Samaria”. The film explores themes of identity and representation as we examine the intersection of jazz and film.

Samaria is the story of Rosary, a young woman, in desperate need of kindness, torn between the worlds of the haves and the have-nots. Following a devastating natural disaster, Rosary, a now homeless white-collar worker, must hide her indigence from those she works for and her employment from those she lives with, withholding who and what she is to survive.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who composed the music for the film, and pianist and composer, Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes.

Cost: $10

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031



2017 NY ADIFF – Celebrating the Art of Ben Jones

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December 9, 2017 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The Art of the Journey – The Ben Jones Story – New York Premiere

New Jersey born Artist, Activist, Professor Ben Jones has used his art to bring awareness to the plight of people throughout the world, with a strong concentration on the struggles of the people of Cuba. Born in 1940 in the City of Paterson, NJ, Ben’s consciousness began to develop EARLY as a Social Activist. His art began to express the conditions and social climate of his time. Over the years, his artwork began to broaden, bringing awareness to environmental disasters as in the BP Oil Spill and also to the revolutionary struggles of the people of Cuba. This documentary is an educational tool for many of our youth, as well as adults to use as an example of what it means to represent something greater than oneself. Ben Jones is the epitome of the mantra, ‘Leave More Than You Take.’ Directed by William M. Barbee, Cuba/South Africa, USA, 2016, Documentary, 32 min English.

Followed by a panel discussion with director William M. Barbee and Ben Jones. Refreshments will be served.

Cost: $20

Teachers College, Columbia University 
525 W 120th Street | Milbank, Chapel
New York NY 10027



Closing Night – 2017 NY ADIFF – Kemtiyu, Cheikh Anta – Piano Performance by Randy Weston

ADIFF - photoDecember 10, 2017 |4:30pm – 10:10pm

Closing Night – NYADIFF 2017 – Kemtiyu-Cheikh Anta and Randy Weston by African Diaspora International Film Festival.

“The Universal Man,” “The Giant of Knowledge,” “The Last Pharaoh,” these were the headlines, the day after his death on February 7, 1986.

Thirty years later, KEMTIYU paints a portrait of Cheikh Anta Diop, a trail-blazing scholar with an insatiable thirst for science and knowledge as well as an honest, enlightened political figure, venerated by some, decried by others, and unknown to most.

This film tells the story of a man who fought his whole life for truth and justice in order to restore historical awareness and dignity to Africa.

RED CARPET @ 4:30PM and Program at 5:30PM

Screening followed by Piano Performance by NEA Jazz Master, Randy Weston!
“When Randy Weston plays a combination of strength and gentleness virility and velvet emerges from the keys in an ebb and flow of sound seemingly as natural as the waves of the sea” – Langston Hughes

PANEL DISCUSSION with director William Mbay, Randy Weston, Pierre Thiam and Bara Thiokhane.

VIP reception after the screening!

Cost: $25 – $50

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street | Milbank Chapel
New York NY 10027





2017 NY ADIFF – Gala Screenings: “Caribbean Girl NYC” & “Between 2 Shores”

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December 9, 2017 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm

6:00 pm – Red Carpet; 7:00 pm – Screening; and Q&A and Reception.

Pilot of an upcoming TV Series, Caribbean Girl NYC tells an immigrant story, in a millennial way, set in the heart of New York City–the ultimate destination. Directed by Mariette Monpierre, USA/ Guadeloupe, 2017, Comedy, 27 min, English.

Q&A after the screenings and a catered reception! The actors and the crew of Caribbean Girl NYC will be present at the screening and they will participate in the Q&A!

Between 2 Shores – Santo Domingo to Pointe-A-Pitre
Leaving their children behind and searching for a better life, two women arrive illegally in Guadeloupe, on French territory. 13 years later, they made a life for themselves and are legal but are still fighting to get the proper papers for their children to come and live with them. A sensitive look at the struggle of these women and the devastating impact on the children growing in Santo Domingo while their mothers live in Guadeloupe. Directed by Mariette Monpierre, France/ Guadeloupe/ Dominican Republic, 2017, Documentary, 53 min, French / Spanish with English subtitles.

Cost: $25

MIST Harlem
46 W 116th St btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10026