I Can’t Sleep

April 7, 2019 6:30pm

Directed by Claire Denis | 1994

With Yekaterina Golubeva, Alex Descas, Richard Courcet

Based on real events, Denis’ take on the serial killer thriller is a typically elusive, sensitive study of outsiderhood. On the margins of Paris, the lives of several struggling immigrants—including a Lithuanian aspiring actress and a gay West Indian drag performer—intersect against the backdrop of a wave of shocking murders, crimes depicted by Denis not as sensationalistic but as the chillingly banal product of desperate alienation.

Print courtesy of Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Run time: 110min
Format: 35mm
Language: In French with English subtitles
General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

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Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

2018 NYADIFF – Closing Night Film: Muslimah’s Guide to Marriage

December 9, 2018 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Muslimah Muhammad, a twenty-something African-American orthodox Muslim woman who lives in Inglewood, CA, has seven days and fourteen hours left in her Iddah (Muslim separation) before she will officially be divorced from her cheating husband. Knowing that the divorce would upset her religious father and the local Muslim community, Muslimah works diligently to try to fix her broken marriage before it is too late.

Cost: Red Carpet @ 5PM, Film & Discussion Only – $20.00 (plus $2.03 fee via Eventbrite);  Red Carpet @ 5PM, Film, Discussion & VIP Reception – $35.00 (plus $2.79 fee via Eventbrite)


Teacher’s College – Columbia University – Milbank Chapel
525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027 US


2018 NYADIFF – Gala Screening: Life is Fare

December 1, 2018 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Life is Fare is a Tigrinya/ English feature film exploring three wildly different perspectives on the East African nation of Eritrea. The film’s premise follows Sephora, an idealistic young Eritrean American pitching a well meaning, but ludicrous film idea to her traditional mother about a man (Haile) who fled their home country and ended up in San Francisco. As a recently arrived immigrant, Haile is terribly homesick for his native Eritrea, but will not admit it due to unease towards speaking ill of the country; and more consciously in hesitance of admitting hard truths about his culture and himself.

Life is Fare is a cross-cultural film that challenges how patriotism and nationalism are practiced by people of a country, and is inspired by current Eritrean and Ethiopian migration experiences. Q&A & VIP RECEPTION after the screening

Cost: Film & discussion only: $20.00 (via Eventbrite add $2.03 fee);  Film, discussion & VIP reception: $35.00 (via Eventbrite add a $2.79 fee).


Teacher’s College – Columbia University – Mlbank Chapel
525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027 US



2018 NYADIFF – Gala Screening: Kinshasa Makambo

November 27, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm

SCREENING, Panel Discussion and Reception

In January 2015, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sought a constitutional amendment that would allow him to be elected president for a third time.

This film documents the resulting demonstrations and follows three protagonists of the resistance. Ben, who lives in exile in New York, takes the advice of his fellow countrymen in exile and decides to join the struggle in the Congo. Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, continues his public campaign for his country’s freedom and is persecuted by the secret service. Christian fights unperturbed in the streets of Kinshasa, even after former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, on whom the opposition had pinned their hopes, dies and the movement against Kabila’s extension of his time in office seems paralyzed.

Should one resist in exile, or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required? Filmed throughout with a handheld camera that stays very close to the protagonists, even in precarious conditions, Dieudo Hamadi explores the pros and cons of different forms of resistance.

As of September 2018, general elections are scheduled to be held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 23 December 2018, to determine a successor to incumbent President Joseph Kabila.

Cost: Film and Panel Discussion at 7:30pm: $15.00 (plus a $1.78 fee via Eventbrite;  Reception @ 6:30pm – Film & Panel @ 7:30pm: $25 (plus a $2.28 fee via Eventbrite).

Teachers College, Columbia University – MILBANK CHAPEL
525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027

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2018 NYADIFF – Gala Screening: They Had a Dream (Le Reve Francais)

November 25, 2018 | 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Gala Screening/US Premiere: THEY HAD A DREAM / Le Rêve Français
Q&A? with FIRMINE RICHARD & VIP reception. Red carpet @ 3pm and Screening @ 4pm.

They Had a Dream tells a story based on reality. It is both a social and a fictional saga, exploring the interconnected lives of two Guadeloupian families to reveal hidden or obscure aspects of French society.

In the Sixties, the idea of a ‘dream France’ appealed to many French West Indians and Reunion Islanders. The BUMIDOM (Bureau for the Development of Migration in Overseas Districts) encouraged them to leave their native lands to escape the poverty caused by the closure of sugar mills, among other factors.

Although they were overseas citizens of France, these people (some of whom were the victims of a compulsory emigration policy, while others had spontaneously decided to move to Metropolitan France) found that life there was very different than the one they had imagined.

Cost: Red Carpet @ 3PM, Film & Discussion Only: $20 (plus a $2.03 fee via Eventbrite); Film, Discussion & VIP Reception: $35 (plus a $2.79 fee via Eventbrite).

525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027

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Summerstage: “Mr. Gaga” with Gallim (film & dance performance)

August 22, 2018 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Following him during a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary, “Mr. Gaga,” will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director, Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsals with unseen footage and breathtaking dance sequences. The evening will begin with a performance by the electrifyingly uncompromising, Brooklyn-based contemporary company, GALLIM. Making their SummerStage debut, the company, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is led by former Batsheva Ensemble member, Andrea Miller, who was recently named the 2017/2018 Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the first choreographer to ever hold that distinction.

Doors open at 7:00 PM; screening: 8:00 PM.

Featuring a pre-show workshop at 6:00 PM: GAGA/ People Masterclass. Entry to the pre-show workshop requires RSVP. For more information click here.

Entry to the main show is free and does not require RSVP. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached.

Cost: FREE
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021

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ImageNation presents: Music and Film: “Whose Streets?”

July 23, 2018 6:00pm – 10:00pm

6:00 PM – MUSIC: Family friendly R&B/Soul and conscious Hip Hop by DJ Mike

8:00 PM – Film: Whose Streets? Directed by Sabaah Folayan, 100 min., USA. Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is a Harlem-based media arts group, founded with the goal of establishing a chain of art-house cinemas, dedicated to progressive media by and about people of color. Through a variety of exhibitions and programs, ImageNation edifies its audience. We foster media equity, media literacy, solidarity, cross-cultural exchange and highlight the humanity of Pan-African people worldwide.

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park – Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10027

More Info: http://www.imagenation.us/

ImageNation presents: Film: Fences

July 20, 2018 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

2018 ImageNation Outdoors

6:00 PM – Musical performance: TBD
8:00 PM or sundown- Film: Fences

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is a Harlem-based media arts group, founded with the goal of establishing a chain of art-house cinemas, dedicated to progressive media by and about people of color. Through a variety of exhibitions and programs, ImageNation edifies its audience. We foster media equity, media literacy, solidarity, cross-cultural exchange and highlight the humanity of Pan-African people worldwide.

Cost: FREE

St. Nicholas Park – Great Lawn
St. Nicholas Avenue at West 128th St to West 141st St
New York NY

More Info: http://www.imagenation.us/



25th African Film Festival NY – The Films of Paulin Vieyra

June 8, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra Shorts

L’Envers du Decor – Ousmane Sembène: The Making of Ceddo (U.S. Premiere)
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Senegal, 1981, 25 min

Paulin Vieyra captures Ousmane Sembène, one of the greatest filmmakers of Africa, during the filming of Ceddo. L’Envers du Decor was completed after four years of production. As for Ceddo, it would be censored under the Senghor regime and until 1983 by the Senegalese authorities.

Lamb (U.S. Premiere)
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Senegal, 1963, 18 min
This documentary captures the sport of traditional wrestling, called ‘lamb’ in Wolof, popular in Senegal. Vieyra presents the rigorous rules of the sport and training practices by the sea. The Dakar Arena serves as a showcase for the battles in the film, where every spectator can bet on his favorite wrestler in a festive atmosphere. Fifty years ago, Lamb was in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, a first for a film from sub-Saharan Africa.

A Nation Was Born (U.S. Premiere)
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Senegal, 1961, 25 min
In 1958, Vieyra set up a special office dedicated to film in Senegal, which, after the independence (1960), became the base of the country’s cinematography. A Nation Was Born is a historical portrait of Vieyra’s homeland showing scenes from pre-colonial traditions, represented mainly by dance, to the exploitative European domination, to the new beginning represented by the celebration of the republic.

Q&A with Stéphane Vieyra, son of Paulin Vieyra.

Cost: $10

Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue btwn 127th & 128th Streets
New York NY 10027

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Films on the Green: “The Scent Of Green Papaya”

June 8, 2018 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

The Scent of Green Papaya (L’odeur de la papaye verte)
Directed by Tran Anh Hung, 1993, 1 hour and 44 minutes, France-Vietnam. With Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Lu Man San, Truong Thi Loc.In 1950s Saigon, 10-year-old Mui (Man San) enters household service for an affluent but troubled Vietnamese family. Despite her servile role, Mui discovers beauty and epiphany in the lush physical details that envelope her. She observes her new surroundings with trusting eyes, trying to remember every detail: the smell of the green papaya, the taste of the water, and the colors of fabrics sold by the lady of the house. But one day, the father disappears with the fortune of the household.
Presented in partnership with the Vietnam Heritage CenterCost: FREE

Washington Square Park – Washington Square Arch
W 4th St to Waverly Pl between MacDougal St and University Pl
New York NY 10012
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