2017 NY ADIFF Opening Night – “The Last Revolutionary”

ADIFF - photoNovember 24, 2017 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Last Revolutionary-New York Premiere
RED CARPET @ 6:00PM; Screening at 7:00pm. Discussion and VIP Reception after screening.

Mac Perkins is in his Los Angeles throwback hideout, plotting to stop an attack from the far right and racist groups around the country. When his old ex-revolutionary buddy Jack Armstrong, whom he has not seen in several years, finds him, Jack challenges Mac’s political stance and his notion that there is a need for a so-called revolution. The two men hash out political ideas and ideology as Jack attempts to make Mac see that his methods are archaic and his plans old-fashioned. During the dramatic and humorous interchange between these two old friends whose lives have taken much different paths, secrets are exposed about both men personally and politically that lead to a life and death confrontation. Celebrated actress, Marla Gibbs makes a cameo appearance as Mac’s friend Millie.   Music score composed by late jazz pianist, composer Geri Allen.

Cost: $25 – $50

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street near Broadway
New York NY 10027


2017 NY ADIFF – Gala Screening: Barrow – Freedom Fighter

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November 30, 2017 11:00am – 11:00pm

Gala Screening & NY Premiere: Barrow – Freedom Fighter

Red Carpet @ 6:30 PM; Screening @ 7:30PM.

Narrated by former United States Attorney General Eric Holder whose father is from Barbados, the Errol Barrow docudrama, BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER tells the story of The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow who successfully led Barbados to independence on November 30th, 1966 after more than 300 years as a British colony.

BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER, is a passionate story about the courage of one man who relentlessly preached a gospel of economic self-reliance and self-respect to the people of his native country Barbados and beyond. He defied the status quo, confronted racism and classicism, fought colonial oppression and selflessly led his people to political and economic freedom. Barbados, 2016, 74 minutes, English, Marcia Weekes. Q&A followed by VIP Opening Reception.

Cost: $20 – $35

Teachers College, Columbia University – Cowin Center
525 W 120th Street near Broadway
New York NY 10027



2017 NY ADIFF Centerpiece Event – Children of Drum & Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

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November 29, 2017 | 11:00am – 11:00pm

Kirikou and the Sorceress – Screening at 11:00 am.
This animated film 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. Michel Ocelot, 1998, 74 min, animated feature in English.  Additional screening dates: Mon, Dec. 4 @ 11AM – Teachers College, Chapel and Fri, Dec. 8 @ 11 AM – Teachers College, Chapel.

Children of Drum explores the developments in South African Journalism from 1950s when Drum magazine covered the struggle against the racist Apartheid regime, to the political changes since then that have affected the current state of journalism in South Africa. Directed by Larry Tung., USA/ South Africa , 2017, Documentary, 60 min, English.

Red Carpet @ 6:00PM; Screening at 7:00PM and Q&A after the screening.

Followed by: “Mama African: Miriam Makeba.”
Documents the life and work of the filmmakers associated with This powerful documentary retraces the life, music and activism of international star Miriam Makeba, one of the first African musicians to win international stardom. Miriam Makeba, whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots, was forced into exile in 1959. She sang for John F. Kennedy, performed with Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone, was married to Hugh Masekela and also to Stokely Carmichael.

Her life was tumultuous. She always stood for truth and justice. She fought for the oppressed, most importantly for black Africans, as a campaigner against apartheid. She died on November 2008 after a concert in Italy. Mika Kaurismäki’s documentary, traces fifty years of her music and her performing life. Through rare archive footage of her performances and through interviews with her contemporaries we discover the remarkable journey of Miriam Makeba. Directed by Mika Kaurismäki, South Africa / German,y 2011, documentar, 90 min, in English.

VIP reception after the screening!

Cost: $11 – $35

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




2017 NYADIFF – Afro-Latino Program

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November 28, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Starting Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 7 pm – Q&A running through Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7 pm– Q&A and Refreshments.

THE INVISIBLE COLOR –  World Premiere.

Sergio Giral |US | 2017 | 60 min | Documentary |English and (Spanish with English subtitles).  This latest documentary by the Dean of Afro-Cuban Cinema, Sergio Giral investigates the black Cuban exile in South Florida, since the first wave of political refugees in the 1959 revolutionary aftermath, to today. It tracks its presence throughout the region, and highlights its contribution to Miami’s civic culture through testimonies and visual documentation.

Valley of The Black Descendants (El Valle de Los Negros) – Q&A; NY Premiere. Sun., Nov. 26th @ 7PM and  Tues., Nov. 28 @ 7PM.

In the Azapa Valley (Chile), an oasis in the driest desert in the world, a group of descendants of enslaved men and women brought from Africa are organizing the first African census in the history of Chile. Their aim is to get official recognition from the State that has concealed their culture and African identity for more than 200 years. Directed by Richard Salgado, Chile, 2017, 52 min. Documentary, Spanish with English subtitles.

Cost: $20

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


2017 NY ADIFF – Gala: “Woven”

ADIFF - photoNovember 25, 2017  1:00pm – 11:00pm

NY Premiere of “Woven”

Attempting to integrate her mother’s traditions with her own dreams, Ethiopian-born Elenie Tariku’s life is destroyed when a mysterious crime in New York takes the life of her only brother. As Elenie searches for the truth behind his death, her life intertwines with an intriguing man whose own personal turmoil brings them together for better or worse. Directed by Salome Mulugeta and Nagwa Ibrahim, US, 2017, 96 mi, English.

Red Carpet at 7:00 pm; Screening at 8:00 pm. Q&A followed by VIP Opening Reception.

Cost: $20 – $35

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street near Broadway
New York NY 10027



NYADIFF’s Closing Night – “Compensation” and “Spirits of Rebellion”

adiff_-_photo_6NYADIFF’s Closing Night – “Compensation” and “Spirits of Rebellion” – December 11, 2016 | 4:30pm – 11:00pm

An Evening with Zeinabu Irene Davis with 2 films:  “Compensation” and “Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA”, Q&As, and a VIP Reception! Screening begins at @4:30 PM

COMPENSATION – Q&A “Compensation”, a film by award-winning filmmaker, Zeinabu Irene Davis (Cycles, A Powerful Thang, Spirit of Rebellion: Black Cinema From UCLA), presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability and discrimination. Crafting an important film on African-American deaf culture, Davis innovatively incorporates silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication.  A Q&A with director, Zeinabu Irene Davis will follow the screening  by a Q&A.  (Directed by Zeinabu Irene Davis, USA, 1999, 92 min, English.)

Cost: Both films, discussion & VIP reception: $35; one film and discussion: $20 (Films: “Compensation” and “Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA”)

More Info: http://nyadiff.org/

Teacher’s College – Columbia University

525 West 120th Street, Room 263 Macy
New York NY 10027 US



Is Columbia really destroying Harlem’s authenticity?

Because of ignorant people like me, Columbia’s selfish and corporate interests are destroying the authenticity of nearby communities. This was the accusation I faced from a group of activists after I asserted that I undoubtedly supported Columbia’s expansion into Harlem. I was being accused of being an accomplice to the latest social sin: gentrification.

The controversy began in 2003 when the University announced a plan to construct a new campus in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattanville. The Manhattanville campus, a 17-acre site located just north of the Morningside Heights campus, will consist of more than seven million square feet dedicated to teaching and cutting-edge research. It will also feature facilities for cultural, recreational, and commercial activities.

And yet, there are people—some of whom are Columbia students—who are vehemently opposed to this plan. Their arguments are based on an urban social phenomenon called gentrification. The term was defined by the British sociologist Ruth Glass as the “arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, and a related increase in rents and property values.” The activists stress that this socioeconomic shift will inevitably produce a cultural change in the area. This immoral and artificial process would, in turn, strip Harlem of its authentic character and cultural heritage.

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By Christian Zaharia | February 19, 2015

Columbia University students barricade the dean’s office in 1968

Officials at Columbia virtually sealed off the troubled campus last night, canceling evening classes and closing all entrances except for two on 116th St.

The action came amid reports that Harlem [African-Americans] planned to join student sit-ins that were continuing in two campus buildings.

The tension continued despite the release of Henry Coleman, acting dean of Columbia College, and two associates. They had been held in Coleman’s office in Hamilton Hall since Tuesday afternoon. Students revealed them at 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

Last night about 150 faculty and administration members voted to ask that all work be stopped on a gymnasium in Morningside Park pending further discussions with community leaders on the controversial gym.

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By New York Daily News | April 22, 2015

(Originally published by the Daily News on April 25, 1968. This story was written by Edward Benes and Arthur Mulligan.)

Columbia to Announce New Scholarships for Local Students

Columbia students who are among the university’s first Thompson-Muñoz scholars under a new program are seen on campus. From left: Yanette Rosario, Sorangel Liriano, Allyson Chavez and Jonathan Mangual. Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal

Columbia students who are among the university’s first Thompson-Muñoz scholars under a new program are seen on campus. From left: Yanette Rosario, Sorangel Liriano, Allyson Chavez and Jonathan Mangual. Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal

Columbia University is only a few blocks from the Harlem public school where Allyson Chavez spent her high-school years. But to her and her schoolmates, she said, the Ivy League institution often seemed little more than a steadily encroaching foreign entity where few, if any of them, would end up.

“It sort of seems like Columbia is this big bully trying to build more and more in Harlem,” she said of the school’s reputation in the neighborhood.

Ms. Chavez, 18 years old, did end up at Columbia—as one of 34 Thompson-Muñoz scholars, beneficiaries of a new grant program the university has created exclusively for students who grew up or went to school in the area surrounding Columbia and its new campus currently under construction in the West Harlem neighborhood of Manhattanville.

Amid continuing tension between the 260-year-old university and its neighbors over the school’s impact on the area’s accelerating gentrification, school officials on Friday are scheduled to formally announce the program participants. They will be toasted at a campus reception, which will be attended by administrators and alumni.

As part of the program, all the scholars will receive grants from the school that vary by need. A university spokeswoman declined to provide a range for this group of students, citing student privacy, but said the average Columbia undergraduate on need-based financial aid receives $42,000 in grants annually. The program, named for two Columbia graduates from Harlem, Dr. Albert Thompson and Carlos Muñoz, also offers students opportunities to meet privately with school administrators and community leaders.

Some in the Harlem area see the initiative as a step toward improving Columbia’s community relations. But others, including some of the program’s participants, have questioned whether helping a few dozen locals attend Columbia is enough to quell concerns about the school’s growing Harlem presence.

With its current verdant campus in Morningside Heights, Columbia has nearly 30,000 students and an endowment of more than $8 billion. A new $7 billion campus, which will add nearly 7 million square feet to Columbia’s upper Manhattan footprint, is under construction between 125th and 133rd streets, with some of the buildings slated for completion by 2016.

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By Mike Vilensky

Updated Oct. 16, 2014 10:45 p.m. ET

West Harlem Development Corp Gives $10M to Group Run by Chairman’s Sister

WEST HARLEM — The chairman of the board of the group charged with distributing $150 million in community benefit funds from Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus expansion resigned on Tuesday — just hours before his board chose the nonprofit where his sister is executive vice president to administer half of the group’s $20 million affordable housing fund.

Longtime West Harlem Development Corporation board chair Donald Notice sent an email to the board at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday saying he was stepping down immediately — three hours before the board overwhelmingly voted to pick the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to administer $10 million of the fund, said WHDC Executive Director Kofi Boateng.

Notice’s sister Denise Scott is the executive vice president for programs for LISC’s national office — and until January was managing director of the community development group’s New York office, which will manage the fund. LISC stands to earn fees of at least $600,000, at least 6 percent of the $10 million, for their services over the next three years but the total amount is unclear because a contract has not been finalized.

Boateng said Notice, executive director of West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc., had alerted the board that Scott was his sister and recused himself from the process. Sources, who asked not to be named, say it was suggested to Notice that he resign weeks ago when it became clear that LISC was likely to be awarded the contract but that he declined.

By Jeff Mays on October 2, 2014 12:40pm

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