Kinshasa Makambo

January 19, 2019 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Directed by Dieudo Hamadi

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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.

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Location
Teacher’s College – Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy – btwn Amsterdam and Broadway
New York NY 10027 US

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Aboriginal Australia

January 18, 2019 6:30pm – 8:45pm

Three short films that explore the black experience in Australia.

In this program:

1- LAST DRINK AT FRIDA’S
Directed by Bjorn Stewart
Sydney, 1944. A lonely married jazz singer and a troubled Indigenous soldier find solace in an underground speak easy, where the rules of the outside world don’t apply.

2- WARD ONE
Directed by Dylan River
An old fella teaches a young fella that there are more ways than one to heal the spirit.

3- OCCUPATION: NATIVE
Directed by Trisha Morton-Thomas
In Australia, the aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted 247 year Australian historical narrative.

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Location
Teacher’s College – Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy – btwn Amsterdam and Broadway
New York NY 10027 US

Brasil SummerFest 2018

July 29th to August 12th, 2018 – Various show times and locations

Head to the Brasil Summerfest, an annual festival featuring Brazilian music, food and films exported straight from Brazil to NYC. Various venues across New York City. This year’s dates: July 29th to August 12th.

August 10th – 7 pm and 10 pm
Rodrigo Amarante and Ava Roca will team up to perform two shows at National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn NY 11249.

Please check website for schedule and locations as there are various performances and venues.

Cost: $20 for August 10th concert. Various prices for events. Please check website for performance schedule, locations and prices. 

Locations include National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn NY 11249. Please check website for performance schedule, locations and prices.

More Info: http://brasilsummerfest.com/

 

25th African Film Festival NY- The Fruitless Tree – U.S Premiere

June 7, 2018 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Fruitless Tree – U.S. Premiere

Director: Aïcha Elhadj Macky; Country: Niger/France; Year: 2016; Running Time: 52min; and Language: French and Haoussa with English subtitles.

As a married but childless woman, Aicha finds herself in a situation that is totally “out of the ordinary” in her country, Niger, where women are expected to have children. But just like everywhere else in the world today, Niger also experiences problems with infertility. Based on her personal story, Aicha Macky explores the private suffering of women in her situation with great sensitivity. Speaking openly as a childless woman among mothers, she breaks a taboo in Nigerien society.

Cost: $10. Refunds only up until 1 day before the event.

Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue
New York NY 10027

More Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-fruitless-tree-us-premiere-tickets-45865921205

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.

 

 

 

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE:
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 pr@nyadiff.org

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

More Info: http://nyadiff.org/

Black Mexicans / La Negrada

January 20, 2019 3:30pm – 5:00pm

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“La Negrada” is the first Mexican feature film about the Afro-Mexican community, filmed entirely with people from different towns around the Costa Chica in Oaxaca.

In Mexico, the Afro communities represents only 1% of the total population. They have very recently been recognized as an ethnic group, nation and culture, and still suffer discrimination as an outcast group. LA NEGRADA is the first Mexican fiction movie filmed entirely in one of those black communities, with local people, no professional actors. An effort to give them voice and make them visible.

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Location
Teacher’s College – Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy – btwn Amsterdam and Broadway
New York NY 10027 US

They Had A Dream: Part 1 & Part 2 Le Reve Francais

January 20, 2019 5:30pm – 9:00pm

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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 Guadeloupean 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…

Guadeloupean Actress and Activist Firmine Richard is known for her roles in 8 Women (2002), Hunting and Gathering (2007), La kiné (1998) and Romuald et Juliette (1988).

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Location
Teacher’s College – Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy – btwn Amsterdam and Broadway
New York NY 10027 US

Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story

January 20, 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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Based on true events, Ellen tells of the troubled relationship between a mother and her drug-addicted son – a relationship that will eventually drive her to the edge and lead to his murder. In 2007, the death of 20 year old Abie Pakkies created a stir in South Africa and the world. The most disturbing part of the case was that the murderer was his mother, Ellen. When advocate Adrian Samuels takes on the case, he is determined to prove that Ellen Pakkies had no choice. But what compelled her to stop seeking help? How does a mother become desperate enough to take her own son’s life? Told across two timelines, Ellen is the harrowing account of a woman put through the penal system, tried for murder and driven by an unflinching love for her son. It delves into the inner psyche of a family ravaged by drugs in one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. A scourge that extends beyond the Cape Flats and highlights a systematic failure to protect the poorest of the poor.

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Location
Teacher’s College – Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy – btwn Amsterdam and Broadway
New York NY 10027 US

No Shade

January 19, 2019 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Winner of ADIFF 2018 Public Award for the Best Film
Directed by a Woman of Color

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No Shade explores the hardships of the modern dating world through the dysmorphic presence of colorism as well as the fetishization of black women in a way that is tactful and honest. Jade is both effervescent and relatable as a 28 year old single woman of dark complexion who just “can’t seem to get it right,” let alone liberate herself from her unrequited love for the repressive and colorist Danny. The world through her eyes is both a quirky and tumultuous obstacle course of courtship catastrophes and heart-gripping silences. Despite Jade’s line up of Tinder flops and her challenges in the friend-zone, she is easy to engage with and adorable. Jade’s charisma, quirk, beauty, vulnerability and perseverance throughout the film make her a thoughtful heroine with a twist of comedic spunk in the end.

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Location
Teacher’s College – Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy – btwn Amsterdam and Broadway
New York NY 10027 US

The Soul Of Black Girls

January 19, 2019 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Directed by Daphne Valerius

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The Souls of Black Girls is an award-winning provocative news documentary that raises the question of whether or not women of color may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images. The candid piece features interviews with young women discussing their self-image as well as social commentary from Rapper/Political Activist Chuck D, Actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, PBS Washington Week Moderator Gwen Ifill and Cultural Critic Michaela Angela Davis, among others.

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Location
Teacher’s College – Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy – btwn Amsterdam and Broadway
New York NY 10027 US