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African Diaspora International Film Festival 6/17 to 6/23

June 16, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Kris Anne Bonifacio

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is coming to Chicago on June 17 for the 9th annual film festival featuring black independent filmmakers from all over the world. The Facets Cinematheque, located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., will host the film festival from June 17 to June 23.

Foreign, urban and independent films of a wide variety will be shown at the festival. ADIFF, which is based in New York, seeks to showcase innovative films by black filmmakers to a diverse audience. In its ninth year in Chicago, ADIFF also hosts festivals in Jersey City, N.J. and Washington, D.C., throughout the year.

Tickets are $9 for general admission and $15 for opening night. Advance tickets can be purchased online at the Cinematheque’s website.

The Chicago festival will feature 14 films:

Still from “Black Hands – Trial of the Arsonist Slave”

Black Hands – Trial of the Arsonist Slave (2010, 52 min., in French with English subtitles)
June 17 at 7 p.m. and June 19 at 3 p.m.
Canadian director Tetchena Bellange sheds light to slavery in Canada with this historical documentary on Marie-Josephe Angelique, a slave accused of burning Montreal. The film takes place in 1734 and follows Angelique’s trial and sentencing, asking questions about the true motivations behind her accusation.

Arugba (2008, 97 min., in Yoruba with English subtitles)
June 17 at 9 p.m.
An allegory for modern Nigeria, this film from Tunde Kelani centers around corruption in society. Set in a small town in southwestern Nigeria and featuring prominent actors in Nigerian film, it follows the tale of a king who tries to find balance between modernity and tradition.

Stubborn as a Mule! (2010, 43 min.)
June 18 at 2 p.m. and June 19 at 7 p.m.
Intellects provide a new insight to the plight of African Americans, focusing on the Civil War era. Miller Bargeron Jr.’s look into the suffering of African Americans throughout history won Best Diaspora Documentary award in the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Slave Reparations: The Final Passage (2004, 28 min.)
June 18 at 2 p.m. and June 19 at 7 p.m.
This documentary looks at the slave reparations movement and what needs to be done by both white and black communities. This film and Stubborn as a Mule! will be shown as a double feature that looks at modern commentary on African American past.

Still from “My Girlfriend’s Back”

My Girlfriend’s Back (2011, 81 min.)
June 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Director Steven Ayromlooi looks at the complexities of relationships in this romantic comedy.

Guardian of Eden (2011, 90 min.)
June 18 at 6 p.m.
The film, directed by T.A. Williams, centers on the life of a young couple expecting a child, and how their world changes when the husband meets a woman, with whom he ends up having a one-night stand. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with one of the actresses, Tangi Miller.

Dancing Forever (2009, 90 min., in French with English subtitles)

Still from "Dancing Forever"

June 18 at 8:30 p.m. and June 23 at 6:30 p.m.
In this film adaptation of Marie Do’s autobiographical novel, director Christian Faure looks at how Do’s mixed-race heritage played a role in her journey in becoming a dancer and her life in France.

Africa United (2010, 90 min., in English)
June 19 at 1 p.m. and June 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The film centers on three Rwandan children’s journey to audition for the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup. The three travel from Kigali, Rwanda to South Africa, traversing through the heart of Africa.

Shadows of the Lynching Tree (2009, 60 min., in English)
June 19 at 5 p.m. and June 20 at 6:30 p.m.
This powerful documentary looks at lynching of African Americans throughout history. There will be a Q&A with director Carvin Eison following both screenings.

Hands of God (2004, 54 min., in Spanish with English subtitles)
June 20 at 8:30 p.m. and June 22 at 8:30 p.m.
Director Delia Ackerman tells the tale of Afro-Peruvian percussionist Julio “Chocolate” Algendones.

Sons of Benkos (2003, 52 min., in Spanish with English subtitles)
June 20 at 8:30 p.m. and June 22 at 8:30 p.m.
The second film in the double feature with Hands of God looks at the music of African culture in Colombia. The documentary centers on the “sons of Benkos,” a music group consist of descendants of one of the leading Black figures in the fight against slavery in Colombia.

Master Leopoldina (2005, 60 min., in Portuguese with English subtitles)
June 21 at 8:30 p.m. and June 23 at 8:30 p.m.
Brazilian director Rose Le Creta documents the life of Master Leopoldina, one of the oldest masters of capoeira, in this musical film.

Time of Comrades (2009, 103 min., in French and Arabic with English subtitles)
June 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Set in Morocco in the 1990s, the film looks at how a young woman’s college experience is shaped by Islam and socialism.

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