Monday, January 10, 2011

International Film Festival in Jersey City- 1/14/11-1/16/11

African Diaspora International
Film Festival - Jersey City 2011
Jan. 14 to Jan. 16
The 7th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) in Jersey City will be held this year at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, presenting an exciting selection of films from around the world including Ghana, Brazil and the U.S., to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend.

WHAT: 7th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival in Jersey City

WHEN: January 14-16, 2011

WHERE: St. Paul's Episcopal Church

38 Duncan Ave.

Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 433-4922

TICKETS: $15 Opening Night (includes reception )
JAN. 14-16, 2011
$9 Regular per film
$7 Seniors/Students per film
$35 Weekend Pass
$20 Saturday all day
$15 Sunday all day
More information here
Please click for Google Map to get to church
CASH ONLY Accepted at the Door.

6PM Opening Night Reception
WHITE BOY BROWNJersey City PremiereArmed with only a very important letter, Curtis Brown, a young black man embarks on the most difficult journey of his life, a journey that will force him to confront his own demons of hatred and prejudice, while rediscovering a love, long lost for his adopted white brother Johnny. Through a series of flashbacks and stories, Curtis learns of the life of a brother he once knew, a life of a brother who, although being white, experienced the same racism he himself experienced, ultimately binding the two together. USA, 2009, 88 min, drama, English, Sean Sawyer dir.Q&A WITH DIRECTOR AFTER THE SCREENING.

NO TIME TO DIEJersey City PremiereA hearse driver meets and falls in love with a young, beautiful dancer who is planning an elaborate homegoing celebration for her mother. This comedy follows the hearse driver as he does everything to win the affection of the young woman. Ghana/West Germany, 2006, 95 minutes, Comedy (English), King Ampaw, Director

SHADOWS OF THE LYNCHING TREEJersey City PremiereThe shrouded history of lynching in America is the subject of a powerful new documentary from producer/director Carvin Eison. During the late 19th and much of the 20th century, countless numbers of African-Americans were murdered at the end of a rope. In the age of Obama, have we reconciled this misshapen history or does its legacy live on? “Let sleeping dogs lie…” is a way of saying leave that certain thing alone, it could hurt you. Shadows of the Lynching Tree kicks the sleeping dog and awakens a troublesome past. The dog is awake, will we finally confront the beast or does it return to an uneasy slumber?” USA, 2009, 60 minutes, Documentary (English), Carvin Eison, DirectorQ&A WITH DIRECTOR AFTER THE SCREENING.

YOUSSOU N'DOUR: RETURN TO GOREEA musical road movie, Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created. Youssou N'Dour's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims. Senegal/Switzerland/Luxembourg, 2006, 108 minutes, Musical Documentary (English and French with English subtitles), Pierre-Yves Borgeaud, Director

SUNDAY, JAN 16 @ 3:00PM
FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, HIS WORKJersey City PremiereFrantz Fanon was a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. Embittered by his experience with racism in the French Army, he gravitated to radical politics, Sartrean existentialism and the philosophy of black consciousness known as negritude. His 1952 book, Black Skin, White Masks, offers a penetrating analysis of racism and of the ways in which it is internalized by its victims. While secretly aiding the rebels of the Algerian anti-colonial war as a doctor in Algeria, Fanon cared for victims and perpetrators alike, producing case notes that shed invaluable light on the psychic traumas of colonial war. Expelled from Algeria in 1956, Fanon moved to Tunis where he wrote for El Moudjahid, the rebel newspaper, founded Africa's first psychiatric clinic, and wrote several influential books on decolonization. The film traces the short and intense life of one of the great thinkers of the 20th century. Martinique/France/Algeria/Tunisia, 2001, 52 minutes, Documentary (French with English subtitles), Cheikh Djemai, Director

Followed byAMILCAR CABRALJersey City PremiereAmilcar Cabral was the leader of the Liberation Movement of Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau and the founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC). He was born in Guinea in 1924 and assassinated in Conakry in 1973. Regarded as a true icon of African history, this documentary provides considerable background to this revolutionary giant and reveals Cabral in several dimensions: as a man, a father, politician, humanist and poet. The documentary is skillfully produced and uses a wealth of rare archive footage, balanced inclusion of varied testimonies of important African personalities and the credible recreation of notable episodes of Cabral's life. Cape Verde/Portugal, 2001, 52 minutes, Historical Documentary (Portuguese with English subtitles), Ana Ramos Lisboa, Director

ALEIJADINHO: PASSION, GLORY AND TORMENTSet in 19th century Brazil at a time when slavery was still at the foundation of the Latin American economy, this fascinating historical drama is loosely based on the life of sculptor Antonio Francisco Lisboa ("Aleijadinho"), one of Latin America’s greatest sculptors. Brazil, 2001, 100 minutes, Drama (Portuguese with English subtitles), Geraldo Santos Pereira, Director
Screening followed by a DVD launch reception: Come celebrate with us the launching of the 2-DVD set:RACE AND HISTORY IN BRAZIL.


Sunday, January 16, 2011
WNYC Presents
A Martin Luther King Day Celebration

WNYC's fifth annual Martin Luther King Day celebration explores the contemporary lessons of King's work for economic justice and equal access to the American dream. Join us as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, WQXR's Terrance McKnight and Princeton professor Melissa Harris-Perry host an afternoon of spirited discussion and performance.

Panelists include:
Natalia Aristizabal
Obery Hendricks
Roy Innis
Peniel Joseph
Jeanne Theoharis
Barbara Young

Live performances by
Christian McBride with Melissa Walker
Maya Azucena

Sunday, January 16, 2011
3:00 PM
Cantor Auditorium
Brooklyn Museum

Admission is free but reservations are required.

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