Diarah N'Daw-Spech's Events (44)

May 1, 2016
Sunday
  • Award-Winning African Cinema! - Guimba the Tyrant

  • May 1, 2016 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Location: Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    Guimba is the ruler of a mythical African nation in pre-colonial times, but several audiences have had little difficulty in reading the movie as a parable about the historical events that occurred in nation of Mali, where the dictator Moussa Traore was overthrown after sponsoring a reign of terror.

    The film’s writer and director, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, was active in the underground movement against Traore, and has created a riotously colorful, irreverent satire on the ways of tyrants, told in the style of the “griots,” or village storytellers, who are part of West African tradition.

    (Directed by Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1996, 93 min, Canada, documentary, English)


    WINNER Grand Prize - Etalon de Yennega - FESPACO 1995.
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  • Award Winning African Cinema! - The Man Who Mends Women

  • May 1, 2016 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Location: Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    Doctor Mukwege is internationally known as the man who mends thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, his endless struggle to put an end to these atrocities and denounce the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators is not welcome. 

    Threatened with death, Doctor Mukwege now lives cloistered in his hospital in Bukavu. But he is no longer alone in his struggle. The women to whom he has restored physical integrity and dignity, stand beside him, true activists for peace, hungry for justice. 

    (Directed by Thierry Michel, 2015, 112 min, Democratic Republic of the Congo/Netherlands, Documentary, English and French with English subtitles)

    WINNER of 5 Human Rights Awards, 3 Audience Awards, and 4 Grand Prizes for Best Documentary in festivals worldwide!

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  • Award Winning African Cinema! - The Pirogue

  • May 1, 2016 from 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Location: Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    A group of African men and one woman leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them.

    (Dir. Moussa Touré, 2012, 86 minSenegal/France/Germany, DramaFrench, Wolof with English subtities)

    WINNER Best Francophone Film, Lumiere Awards, France 2013

    WINNER Bronze Etalon de Yennega - FESPACO 2013.

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April 30, 2016
Saturday
  • Award Winning African Cinema! - Bezness

  • Apr 30, 2016 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Location: Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    “Bezness” takes place in one of Tunisia’s beautiful coastline tourist cities and tells the story of a young man trapped between Arab tradition and sex work. Through the journey of this young man who dreams of escape, director Nouri Bouzid criticizes both the restrictions associated with what he calls “the hypocrisy of Islam” and the European ruling on Arab society.

    (Directed by Nouri Bouzid, 1992, 100 min, Tunisia, Drama, French with English subtitles.)

    WINNER Golden Bayard for Best Actor, Abdellatif Kechiche - Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film, 1992.

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  • Award Winning African Cinema! - Dry Season

  • Apr 30, 2016 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Location: Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    After a forty-year civil war, the radio announces the government has just amnestied the war criminals. Outraged by the news, Gumar Abatcha orders his grandson Atim, a sixteen-year-old youth, to trace the man who killed his father and execute him. Atim obeys him and, armed with his father’s own gun, he goes in search of Nassara, the man who made him an orphan.  


    WINNER Special Jury Prize - Venice International Film Festival 2006

    WINNER Bronze Etalon de Yennega - FESPACO 2007.

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March 26, 2016
Saturday
  • The African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: Ninth Floor!

  • Mar 26, 2016 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Location: Teachers College, Columbia University -- 263 Macy
  • Description:

    NINTH FLOOR – US PREMIERE! 

    Saturday, March 26th @  7:30 PM — TICKETS HERE

    Skype Q&A after the screening with SELWYN JACOB, Producer of NINTH FLOOR!

    In her first feature-length documentary, director Mina Shum takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal University.

    The film begins with Expo ’67 and its rosy vision of Canada as preternaturally tolerant, however, the Caribbean students who came to Canada to study in the late 1960s were hardly welcomed with open arms. As one subject explains, Canadians are racist, but they feel the need to apologize for it. Not all felt that need, however: a lecturer at Sir George Williams College treated his black students so differently from his white ones that they took their grievances to the administration.

    After several disastrous missteps by the university, the school’s computer department was occupied and a le
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March 25, 2016
Friday
  • The African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: Films by Khady Sylla!

  • Mar 25, 2016 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Location: Teachers College, Columbia University -- 263 Macy
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    The Films of Senegalese Filmmaker, Khady Sylla

    Saturday, March 26th @  6:30 PM — TICKETS HERE

    “Solitude, withdrawal into oneself, the incommunicability that gnaws at you, the stranglehold must be released, freeing the voice to speak, and speak again about what hurts. In summary, this is essential to the work of the writer and cineaste Khady Sylla.” (African Women in Cinema)

    To celebrate the birth of the pioneering Senegalese female filmmaker Khady Sylla (1963 – 2013), ADIFF is pleased to present two of her films, Colobane Express and The Silent Monologue.

    COLOBANE EXPRESS

    Colobane Express is an insightful lens into the everyday realities of Senegalese urbanites — a peek into the busy urban metropolis of Dakar, Senegal, where drivers and their trainees are always on the go, managing relationships, incidents and conflicts, dealing with the competition and providing an invaluable service to demanding yet loving customers. 
    (Directed by Khady Sylla, 1999, Senegal/France, Docu-Drama, 52 min, Wol

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January 10, 2016
Sunday
  • The Best of ADIFF 2015 Presents: L'orchestre Des Aveugles

  • Jan 10, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Location: 179 GD, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    In the early years of the reign of Hassan II, Houcine, a fan of the new king, is the director of a popular orchestra and the proud father of Mimou. This is a very particular troupe, male musicians who are sometimes forced to pretend that they are blind in order to play at parties reserved for women in conservative Moroccan families. But then young Minou runs into Chama, the neighbor’s new maidDirected by Mohamed Mouftakir, France, Morocco, 2014, 120min, comedic-romantic drama in Arabic with English subtitles

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January 8, 2016
Friday
  • The Best of ADIFF 2015 Presents: The Man Who Mends Women

  • Jan 8, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Location: The Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN – THE WRATH OF HIPPOCRATES is the portrait of the impressive life and work of internationally renowned gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege from Congo. He received the 2014 prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, for his struggle against sexual violence. Dr. Mukwege medically assisted over 40,000 sexually abused women in sixteen years of professional practice.

    Sexual violence against women has been used as a weapon of war for years in the violence-ridden and poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo. In order to provide medical, psychological and emotional aid to the victims, Dr. Mukwege founded the Panzi hospital in Bukavu in 1999. Besides his work as a physician Dr. Mukwege also defends human rights and seeks to raise global awareness on the issue of sexual violence in his country. He condemns the political reluctance to tackle the problem and is not afraid to hit the nail on the head.

    His work is not without danger, as Dr. Mukwege experienced in 2012,

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December 13, 2015
Sunday
  • On a Greve

  • Dec 13, 2015 from 11:00am to 12:45pm
  • Location: The Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    ON A GRÉVÉ / WE, STRIKING 

    Part of AFRICAN WOMEN ON THE MOVE

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    They are Oulimata, Mariam, Géraldine, Fatoumata…They are about 20 hotel maids who, for months, will confront the two largest hotel chains in Europe.  For the first time, they no longer tolerate how they are treated. They will hold on, with the support of music and dance… Directed by  Denis Gheerbrant, 2014, France, 70min, documentary in French with English subtitles

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  • Barakeden, the Little House Maids of Bamako

  • Dec 13, 2015 from 9:30am to 10:30am
  • Location: The Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    Oumou left her village at fourteen years old to come and work as a servant at Bamako. Endless days, humilitations, low wages. Like tens of thousands young girls from Mali, she endures this in the hope of a better life. In the evening these young servants meet up to release their anger. Supported by a few activists, some start to organize themselves to demand their rights. During this time, Hawa prepares to go to the capital for the first time. Directed by Adeline Gonin, France, 2015, 57min, Bambara, Minianka with English subtitles.

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December 11, 2015
Friday
  • When Elephants Fight

  • Dec 11, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Location: MIST Harlem
  • Description:

    NY Premiere

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    The DRC has been called a geological scandal due to its mineral rich soil. Unfortunately, those minerals, necessary to sustain today’s technology, are funding the deadliest war since WWII. Narrated by Golden Globe award winner, Robin Wright, When Elephants Fight follows the fight for minerals in Congo which has brought poverty, war and corruption to the Congolese while corporations, nations and armed groups have made billions. Directed by Michael Ramsdell, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2015, 87 min, documentary in Swahili & Lingala & French with English subtitles.

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December 10, 2015
Thursday
  • Image

  • Dec 10, 2015 from 4:45pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: Bow Tie Chelsea
  • Description:

    IMAGE

    Eva Hendrickx, an ambitious young journalist working as part of television legend Herman Verbeeck’s team, is determined to cover a story about riots in the suburbs of Brussels. She meets Lahbib, a Moroccan with a dark past who is her guide to his complex and brutal world. But Herman sees a way to exploit Eva’s story in the ever-competitive media game. Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Belgium, 2014, 100 min, thriller in French with English subtitles.

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December 9, 2015
Wednesday
  • On a Greve

  • Dec 9, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
  • Location: The Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    ON A GRÉVÉ / WE, STRIKING 

    Part of AFRICAN WOMEN ON THE MOVE

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    They are Oulimata, Mariam, Géraldine, Fatoumata…They are about 20 hotel maids who, for months, will confront the two largest hotel chains in Europe.  For the first time, they no longer tolerate how they are treated. They will hold on, with the support of music and dance… Directed by  Denis Gheerbrant, 2014, France, 70min, documentary in French with English subtitles

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  • Barakeden, the Little House Maids of Bamako

  • Dec 9, 2015 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Location: The Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Description:

    Part of AFRICAN WOMEN ON THE MOVEBuy tickets

    Oumou left her village at fourteen years old to come and work as a servant at Bamako. Endless days, humiliations, low wages. Like tens of thousands young girls from Mali, she endures this in the hope of a better life. In the evening these young servants meet up to release their anger. Supported by a few activists, some start to organize themselves to demand their rights. During this time, Hawa prepares to go to the capital for the first time. Directed by Adeline Gonin, France, 2015, 57min, Bambara, Minianka with English subtitles.

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  • BLACK (NOIR) / NWA

  • Dec 9, 2015 from 12:15pm to 3:00pm
  • Location: Bow Tie Chelsea
  • Description:

    NY Premiere

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    BLACK is a “Hood” film set in Montreal, Canada that chronicles the lives of four people – including several youths of Haitian descent – living in a neighborhood plagued by poverty and violence, aspiring to freedom and happiness. KADHAFI, a 26 year-old aspiring Algerian rapper and ex-member of a street gang, just out of prison, wants to steer clear of troubles. FLEUR, a 17 year-old Haitian mother in an abusive and passionate relationship with her daughter’s father, dreams of leaving the ghetto and becoming a nurse. SUZIE, a 20-year-old white stripper who falls for a gang member. DICKENS, 16 year-old Haitian wants to be part of the street gang controlled by his older brother. Directed by Yves Christian Fournier, 2015, Canada, Drama, 110 min, French/Creole with English subtitles

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  • The Pirogue

  • Dec 9, 2015 from 8:00am to 9:30am
  • Location: Bow Tie Chelsea
  • Description:

    The Pirogue

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    A group of African men and one woman leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them. Directed by Moussa Touré, 2012, Senegal/France/Germany, 86 min, French, Wolof, Spanish, English subt.

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December 8, 2015
Tuesday
  • Fevers

  • Dec 8, 2015 from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
  • Location: Bow Tie Chelsea
  • Description:

    FESPACO 2015 winner FEVERS

    Fevers, winner of FESPACO – Africa’s largest film festival – 2015 grand prize, the Golden Stallion is a French version of We Need to Talk About Kevin about a disturbed young man raised on foster care who enters his father’s Muslim household in the suburbs of Paris and becomes a major source of disruption in the family.

    At only thirteen, Benjamin is a little soldier at war with life, adults and with himself. Since the age of five, the troubled kid goes in and out of foster homes. But when his mother goes to jail and reveals to Benjamin the existence of his father, the young boy is determined to get out of foster care. So when the social worker gives him the choice, he decides to go live at his unknown father’s place.

    Directed by Hicham Ayouch, 2014, 90 min, France/Morocco, UAE, French, drama, English subt.

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  • The Blind Orchestra

  • Dec 8, 2015 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Location: Bow Tie Chelsea
  • Description:

    THE BLIND ORCHESTRA

    US PREMIERE

    In the early years of the reign of Hassan II, Houcine, a fan of the new king, is the director of a popular orchestra and the proud father of Mimou. This is a very particular troupe, male musicians who are sometimes forced to pretend that they are blind in order to play at parties reserved for women in conservative Moroccan families. But then young Minou runs into Chama, the neighbor’s new maid…Directed by Mohamed Mouftakir, France, Morocco, 2014, 120min, comedic-romantic drama in Arabic with English subtitles.

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December 7, 2015
Monday
  • Tango Neggro

  • Dec 7, 2015 from 4:45pm to 6:15pm
  • Location: Bow Tie Chelsea
  • Description:

    African Diaspora International Film Festival presents:

    TANGO NEGRO, THE AFRICAN ROOTS OF TANGO

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    More than two hundred years ago, there was an influx of slaves from Africa into Uruguay. Long after their empancipation, these individuals continued to comprise the poorest and most marginalized strata in society. Musician Fernado Nunez sees himself as the heir to “candombe,” a dance and musical expression initiated by these individuals, his slave ancestors. As the far-reaching, socio-cultural legacy of of candombe has yet to be acknowledged, Fernando Nunez and his friends from the back street quarter of Montevideo have taken on the responsibility of keeping these important cultural roots alive in the consciousness of the Uruguayan people. Directed by Rafael Deugenio, 1993, Uruguay, Documentary, 98 min, Spanish w/ English subt.

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