13th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival - Chicago June 12-18, 2015

Top Quote The Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back to celebrate 13 years of consecutive work in the Windy City. To be held from June 12-18, hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by ArtMattan Productions. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 07, 2015 - New York, NY - The festival will showcase 17 documentary and fiction films set in The United States, Angola, Cuba, Brazil, Canada, Haiti, St Vincent, New Zealand, the UK, Senegal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Argentina, Uruguay, and Honduras.

    The festival will open with the US Premiere of Black (NWA), a fiction film that chronicles the lives of four people living in a neighborhood plagued by poverty and violence, aspiring to freedom and happiness. "This gritty look at gang culture in Montreal North is incredibly timely in that central to the drama are the tense relations between the police and the black community. This has become a hot-button issue in recent months following a number of controversial high-profile cases of police officers in the U.S. shooting unarmed black men." - Montreal Gazette. Lead actor Remy St Eloi will be in attendance for a discussion after the screening.

    Based on a novel by "Whale Rider" writer Witi Ihimaera, White Lies - New Zealand's entry in the 2014 Oscar competition for best foreign-language film and Toronto International Film Festival official selection - is an intense drama that explores with great humanity and sensitivity such difficult topics as race relations, bleaching and abortion. "White Lies" will have its Chicago premiere screening in ADIFF Chicago 2015.

    For its CENTERPIECE, the festival will present the GARIFUNA CELEBRATION program with two documentaries: Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital and Homeland (Yurumein) both about the Garifuna people in Honduras and St. Vincent respectively. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with local members of the Garifuna community.

    Also premiering in the festival this year are Obama Mama, a documentary about Stanley Ann Dunham, mother of the nation's first black president, Reshipment, a documentary by Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando about the historical connection between Cubans and Haitians, and the U.S. premiere of Ken Bugul - Nobody Wants Her, a powerful documentary who leads us into the secret world of an assertive African woman artist and writer and her brave fight for freedom and acceptance.

    ADIFF is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. www.NYADIFF.org & pr ( @ ) nyadiff dot org.

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