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ADIFF DC Presents: The Haitian Program

Watch two documentaries focusing on Haiti at George Washington Univeristy (2121 I St NW, Washington, DC 20052, United States) on

Friday, August 5 @ 4:30pm

 

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Kafe Negro: Cuba & the Haitian Revolution

Kafe Negro tells the story of migrations around a small grain that became the second most important raw material on the global market. This film tells the story of the waves of migration of Haitian workers who, over time, profoundly transformed the culture and demography of Cuba and developed coffee growing on the island.

Directed by Mario Delatour, 2022, 52 minutes, Cuba/Haiti, Documentary in French and Spanish (with English subtitles)

 

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Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity and Strength

Kenbe Fem, roughly translated as “to hold firm”, is a common phrase in Haitian culture. This documentary was entitled Kenbe Fem to represent the resilience of the Haitian community. Despite all that Haiti has been through over the past two centuries, to “hold firm” was most relevant as many people watched their homes and over 250,000 people perished during the earthquake on January 12, 2010.

 

Follow David Pierre-Louis, a Haitian-American and Seattle art-venue owner, on a son’s journey to find his mother after the devastating earthquake. Immersed in the ruins, he is challenged to fill the gaps left by the Haitian government & various NGOs.

Directed by Mark Goodnow and David Pierre-Louis, 2019, 51 minutes, Haiti/USA/Dominican Republic, Documentary in English

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ADIFF DC Returns to In-Person Screenings

August 5 – 7, 2022 

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will host its annual film festival in Washington DC from Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7. This year’s festival will take place entirely in person at George Washington University with a selection of 19 films. Ticket prices will range from $10 for one student/senior ticket – $120 for an all-access festival pass.

Mask required

Now in person for the first time in two years, ADIFF DC 2022 will include Q&A discussions after the Opening Night Film Fighting For Respect: African American Soldiers in WWI - a documetary that captures the plight of African American soldiers who fought in WWI, receiving the Croix de Guerre military decoration from France, while still fighting discrimination and hatred at home in America; and the Closing Night Film The Mali-Cuba Connection where ten promising musicians from Mali are sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Years later, Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together.

Some of the Highlights in the festival include: The Haitian Program which includes two documentaries from Haiti – Kafe Negro: Cuba & The Haitian Revolution which tells the story of the waves of migration of Haitian workers who, over time, profoundly transformed the culture and demography of Cuba and developed coffee growing on the island; and Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity and Strength which follows David Pierre-Louis, a Haitian-American and Seattle art-venue owner, on a son’s journey to find his mother after the country’s devastating earthquake.

 

FESTIVAL A GLANCE:

A Son (Un Fils) by Medhi Barsoui (Tunisia)

Kafe Negro: Cuba & the Haitian Revolution by Mario Delatour (Haiti, Cuba)

Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity and Strength by Mark Goodnow and David Pierre-Louis (Haiti, USA, Dominican Republic)

The Sleeping Negro by Skinner Myers (USA)

OPENING NIGHT FILM: Fighting For Respect: African American Soldiers in WWI by Joanne Burke

Marighella by Wagner Moura (Brazil)

Bedroom Chains by Hassan Mageye (Uganda)

The Women in Block J by Mohamed Nadif (Morocco)

Loimata, the Sweetest Tears by Anna Marbrook

Me Little Me by Elizabeth Ayiku (USA)

Get Out Alive by Roger Ellis (USA)

Haingosoa by Edouard Joubeaud (Madagascar)

Angels on Diamond Street by Petr Lom (USA)

Dancing the Twist in Bamako (Senegal, Canada)

As Far As I Can Walk by Stefan Arsenijević (Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Bulgaria)

CLOSING NIGHT FILM: The Mali-Cuba Connection by Edouard Salier and Richard Minier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ART, RESISTANCE & ACTIVISM PROGRAM + CLOSING NIGHT FILM

LIL' BUCK: REAL SWAN

Bringing his experience in the ballet world with him, Lil Buck heads back to South Memphis to teach dance to the youth, offering them the chance of a better future. Returning home to the town where he first learned to dance, Lil Buck leads us through the streets as he recounts his personal story and the history of Jookin... 

Directed by Louis Wallecan, 2019, France/United States, 85 minutes, documentary, English 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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FIRST NATION PROGRAM

KUESSIPAN (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

Adapted from Naomi Fontaine’s acclaimed novel, Kuessipan is Myriam Verreault’s first narrative feature. In a Quebec Innu community, Mikuan and Shaniss struggle to maintain their close friendship when they clash over their diverging ambitions. When Mikuan falls in love with a white boy and starts to consider a life beyond their tiny reserve, her bond with Shaniss and her family is put to the test. 

Directed by Myriam Verreault, 2019, Canada, 117 minutes, drama, English. 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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THUS SPOKE THE SEA/MEN SA LANMÈ DI (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

The Haitian Sea, as you’ve never seen or heard it before: the sea tells the story of its relationship with the Haitian people, showcases its riches, reveals its mysteries and raises the alarm. From the excessive use of its resources to the consequences of climate change and pollution, all is revealed in different shades of blue. Haiti’s fate will be linked to the coasts and the children of Haiti – voodoo priestesses, fishermen, merchants, entrepreneurs, urban planners, historians, biologists and climate experts – help to tell the tale. A candid depiction of the challenges and the opportunities that must be seized before it’s too late. 

Directed by Arnold Antonin, 2020, Haiti, 49 minutes, documentary, French with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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THREE BLADES/TROIS MACHETTES (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

A day in the life of a family of three in contemporary Haiti. Child, adolescent, man – each with his dreams and frustrations and each finding a way to live. A day like every other day and everywhere, in every hand, there is a machete. So what will happen when night falls and dreams and frustrations collide? 

Directed by Matthieu Maunier-Rossi, 2019, Haiti, 29 minutes, drama, Haitian Creole with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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NAFI'S FATHER/BAAMUM NAFI (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

A fight between an Imam and his powerful brother over their children’s marriage. At stake: how a small community slowly drifts towards extremism. 

Directed by Mamadou Dia, 2019, Senegal, 107 minutes, drama, Fulah with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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A SON/BIK ENEICH (NEW YORK PREMIERE)

11-year-old Aziz needs a liver transplant after being seriously injured during a terrorist ambush while on holiday in 2011. At the hospital, a family secret will be revealed. 

Directed by Mehdi Barsaoui, 2019, Tunisia, 96 minutes, drama, Arabic with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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ART, RESISTANCE & ACTIVISM PROGRAM

THE MALI-CUBA CONNECTION / AFRICA MIA (US PREMIERE)

1964. In the midst of the Cold War, ten promising young musicians from Mali are sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they develop a revolutionary new sound and become the iconic ensemble ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. New Year’s Eve 2000. Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member of the band in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together. 

Directed by Richard Minier and Edouard Salier, 2020, France/ Cuba/Mali, 81 minutes, documentary, French and Spanish with English subtitles. 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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IN COMPETITION: BEST FILM DIRECTED BY A WOMAN OF COLOR 

MYOPIA (US PREMIERE)

Fatem, sixth month pregnant, leaves her village perched in the mountains, to fill a frame with empty glasses for the elder of her village, the only person who can decipher the letters sent by members of the villagers’ families who have gone to work in the cities. She moves from station to station to arrive in town in the middle of a protest. This will turn her trip into a peaceful revolution that she is hardly aware of. 

Directed by Sanaa Akroud, 2020, Morocco, 86 minutes, drama, Arabic with English subtitles 

Tickets available here

Festival Website: nyadiff.org/2020

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