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.
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