Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Free Film series for Children 7/1-3/11 (NYC)


Entertaining and Educational Films for the Entire Family!

JULY 1 - 3, 2011

Since 1993, the African Diaspora International Film Festival has showcased films for the entire family. As part of its ongoing ADIFF Spring and Summer Film Series at Teachers College, Columbia University, ADIFF and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs are presenting a selection of films showcased in the African Diaspora International Film Festival School Program.

From July 1 - 3, the "Young Achievers" Film Series will bring you amazing stories of young people with a mission who stop at nothing to achieve their goal !


6PM NIGHTJOHN by Charles Burnett (USA)

Nightjohn is a powerful and soul-stirring drama set on a nineteenth century Southern plantation.
Twelve-year-old Sarny (Allison Jones) is an orphan being raised by the resourceful Delie (Lorraine Toussaint). Their lives are changed when John (Carl Lumbly), a new slave, arrives to work the fields of the owner (Beau Bridges). He has returned from the north where he was a free man in order to teach his people how to read. "You get some words for yourself and you be free," he tells Sarny.

She is an industrious little girl who practices her letters in the dirt and secretly reads the papers of the slave owner's wife. And by learning numbers, Sarny grasps the economics of slavery. Although the whites rejoice when this black girl consents to be baptized, she is really "saved" the moment she realizes the numbers on display in the church refer to hymns. John expresses what literacy means when he says, "My lesson's got no bottom."

SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011 -


11AM Africa United (UK/Rwanda) - Opening Night film ADIFF 2010

Africa United is a fun road movie through the heart of Africa for the entire family to enjoy. Three Rwandan children set off from Rwanda's Capital City, Kigali, to audition for the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup. The Children are Rwandan football prodigy Fabrice, his best friend and 'manager' Dudu, and Dudu's little sister Beatrice. Armed with ingenuity, determination and blind optimism, they defy all dangers so that Fabrice can finally be part of the "team for the dream". Their travels through Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa reveal a side of Africa few people ever see. Africa United is a story of joy, laughter, hope and generosity -the 'ubuntu' spirit in which the children make this incredible journey together. Rwanda/Uk/South Africa, 2010, 90mins, road movie, English, Gardner-Paterson, dir.

1PM Masai: The Rain Warriors (Kenya)

A story of initiation, friendship, teamwork and sacrifice set on the vast ochre savannah of Kenya. A group of boys must grow up quickly as they are the only ones who can save their village, confront the Red Lion, and bring back the rain. France/Kenya, 2005, 94 min, drama, Masai with English Subtitles, Pascal Plisson, dir.

3PM Sho'Nuff (USA)

Shot in New Orleans before Katrina, Sho'Nuff follows 13 year old Labi who, in this age of Hip Hop, strives to play the traditional New Orleans music of his father and grandfather, by organizing a brass band of his peers. Join the excitement and suspense as he hurdles on obstacle after another to fulfill his dream. Q&A with filmmaker R.E. Henry, a native of New Orleans displaced to NYC since Katrina. USA, 2001, 90 min, drama, English, R.E. Henry, dir.

5PM The Great Bazaar (Mozambique)

In the suburb of an African city, 12 years-old Paito sells fritters outside his house. One day, a band of young robbers takes his money. He decides he's not going to go home until he recovers what he lost. With this in mind, he heads out for the big city on the same train as the thieves. Looking for work, he begins to live in a market square that at night becomes a dormitory for homeless vendors. There he meets Xano, a boy his age, whose insolent behavior and fearlessness attract him. Unlike Paito, Xano despises work and he steals. Despite their differences, they become friends. Together, they reinvent the world. Mozambique, 2005, 58 min, comedy, Portuguese with English Subtitles, Licinio Azevedo, dir.

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011- FREE FOR YOUTH 18 years old or younger

11AM Kirikou and the Sorceress (France/Senegal)

This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou, born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked. France/Senegal, 1998, 74 min, animated feature, English, Michel Ocelot, dir

1PM Good Bye Momo (Uruguay)

Obdulio is an 11-year-old Afro-Uruguayan boy who lives with his grandmother in Montevideo. He sells newspapers in the streets to help out with the household expenses and has no interest in attending school. One night he meets the "Maestro," a charismatic watchman who possesses magical gifts at a newspaper building. Through poetry and the lyrics of the "Murgas" (Carnival Pierrots) during the mythical nights of the irreverent and provocative Uruguayan carnival, the magician introduces Obdulio to a world of literacy and a different perspective about the meaning of life. Uruguay, 2005, 100 min, drama, Spanish with English Subtitles, Leonardo Ricagni, dir.

3PM Short Program


Micah, a teen in Pensacola, FL raps about the struggles he faced growing up. He felt like a "street soldier" and that he couldn't be worth anything. He found an outlet for his energy and anger through volunteering to make his community a better place. USA, 2010, 5 min, music video, English, Mirah McDonald, dir.


A Mexican-American girl struggles to keep her identity when her mother forces her to bleach her skin white to fit into "Anglo" society in the 1950's.

USA, 2001, 23 min, drama, English, Marina Gonzalez Palmier, dir.


In this poignant story set in the 1850s, a young slave girl befriends a magical woman in the woods called Mother of the River. Through their friendship the young girl learns about independence, honor, humility and respect for others. MOTHER OF THE RIVER is a rare portrayal of slavery from a young woman's perspective. USA, 1995, 28 min, drama, English, Zeinabu Irena Davis, dir.

Program on Friday is Free of Charge and Open to the public.
For Saturday and Sunday for adults only: Weekend pass $20; Day pass $15; $6 per show.

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - "The Chapel" in Zankel building
Take train 1 to 116th street and walk uptown four blocks. Entrance between Broadway and Amsterdam. Picture ID requested to enter building.

DVDs of films from this program will be on sale at the venue. $15 per DVD; $25 for 2 DVD; $30 for three DVD and $10 for each additional DVD.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

IFLA Satellite Meeting in Barbados-8/9-10/11

"Building Cross Cultural Capacities in LIS:
African and Caribbean Reflections"
August 9-10, 2011.

The Main Library of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, in association with IFLA’s Africa Section, is sponsoring an IFLA satellite meeting which will be held in Barbados at the Blue Horizon Hotel, August 9-10, 2011.

Building Cross-Cultural Capacities in LIS: African and Caribbean Reflections

Topics to be covered include
Electronic resources
Indigenous collection issues
Marketing library services
Open access

The registration fee is US$120 which includes, lunches, coffee breaks. The registration form is attached. Please return to or by fax to 246.417.4460 by July 21, 2011.

Accommodation arrangements
Overseas participants will be based at the Blue Horizon Hotel, Christ Church, Barbados 246.435.8916 (t) 246.435.8153 (f).
Room rates:
Single US$110 per night includes breakfast, taxes and Internet connection
Double US$140 per night includes breakfast, taxes and Internet connection

Reservations: Please contact Elizabeth Watson (contact details below) to secure a room at this special rate

Travelling arrangements
Barbados has direct flights to international cities such as Miami, New York and London. Persons travelling via these cities will need an entry visa even for transiting purposes. Please check in your countries about US or UK visa regulations with respect to your country. Participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to Barbados.

An alternative is to arrive in Puerto Rico on August 7th and take what is called a side trip between Barbados and Puerto Rico between August 8-11th on LIAT, a regional airline. LIAT would give you the opportunity to stop for a day in another Caribbean island at your own cost before returning to Puerto Rico.

A valid passport with at least 6 months before its expiry date is required to enter all these countries.

Please visit to find out if nationals of your country need a visa to enter Barbados.

Further details can be had from

Elizabeth Watson
Campus Librarian
The University of the West Indies
Main Library
P. O. Box 1334, Bridgetown, Barbados
246.417.4444 (t) 246.417.4460 (f)

Lindy Nhlapo
IFLA Regional Manager for Africa
IFLA Regional Office for Africa
Tel: +2712 429 6374 +2711 471 2826
Fax: +2712 429 6130
Mobile: +2772 7145 125


Building Cross-cultural Capacities in LIS: Caribbean and African Reflections
Blue Horizon Hotel, Christ Church Barbados
August 9-10, 2011

Personal information (Please print)
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Surname _____________________________ First Name ____________________________

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Position ___________________________________________________________________

Institution ________________________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________________________

Suburb/City ________________________ State ___________ Postcode ____________________

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Conference registration fees (All costs are in US dollars)

Full registration $120.00 – includes lunch and breaks for 2 days.

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Blue Horizon Hotel rates:
Single: $110 per night (breakfast and Internet access included
Double: $140 per night (breakfast and Internet access included)

IFLA Satellite Meeting in Barbados

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Juneteenth in New Jersey

What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth” originated on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger delivered the news that the Civil War ended and that slaves were now free. But the news arrived two-and-a-half years after the Jan. 1, 1863, Emancipation Proclamation, which announced the freedom of the nation’s slaves.

“The inhabitants of Galveston, Texas, were still being held in bondage, and they received this news with a great celebration,” Brown stated in the release. “This event has now become a national day of celebration and remembrance of our suffering, revelry in our accomplishments and plan for our future, all in an atmosphere of joy, fun and jubilation.”

Juneteenth Urban Arts Festival at Brookdale Community College
Brookdale, The County College of Monmouth
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738-1543
Telephone 732-224-2345

June 7 – June 18, 2011

A platform for theatre people, filmmakers and writers to share their work with a community of fellow artists and patrons eager to discover original stories from unexpected African American voices.

Plays, films and literature all have a place, but the artists themselves will be celebrated above all else. Starting Tuesday, June 7th, hundreds of theatre, film and literature patrons will gather in our Long Branch venue to share what is truly a communal experience. Learn more about Juneteenth, An African American Celebration!

Signature Event: The World Premiere Of Bronzeville Gold
A new play by Anetria Cole, directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr.
Bronzeville Gold, set in 1933 Chicago, is a powerful African American family saga, that revolves around a “gambling numbers wheel”, and a young Mississippi newcomer, as he and the entire African American community, chase the ever elusive American dream.

Where: Long Branch Higher Education Center, 213 Broadway at Third Ave, 732-224-2315.
Prices: Tickets are $15 General Admission; $12 Seniors (62+); $9 for BCC students with valid ID

Juneteenth Celebration"- Leonia NJ

June 18, 2011 at 10:00am–6:00pm
Fort Lee Rd & Station Pkwy, Leonia, NJ
Celebrating freedom and unity and promoting the history and culture of African Americans will take center stage at the “Juneteenth” event Saturday at Overpeck Park in Leonia.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine), visitors to the “Great Lawn” portion of the park will be treated to free entertainment that includes artistic performances, historical and cultural displays, speeches from government officials and a concert.

There will be activities for children, such as face-painting and pony rides, and various vendors will be selling jewelry and food. In the afternoon, attendees can take one of two guided bus tours to Gethsemane Cemetery, which is an African-American burial ground in Little Ferry.

Leading the bus tours will be Bergen County historian Arnold Brown, of Englewood, who is co-chairing the Juneteenth Celebration with Teaneck resident Theodora Lacey.

Englewood New Jersey- Juneteenth Celebrations
Jabari Society of Bergen County
The International Association of Black Professional Firefighters

Juneteenth Carnival- June 16-19, 4-8pm, Mackay Park130 W. Englewood Ave

Dinner Dance, Saturday, June 18, 2011, Hasbrouck Heights Hilton ($60)

Juneteenth Parade on June 19, 2011.
Palisades& Tenafly Road

Theme: “We Stand On the Shoulders Of Our Ancestors”

Juneteenth Festival
Mackay park
Elizabeth, New Jersey- Juneteenth Parade June 19, 2011
Float parade featuring PAUL MOONEY, DEBORAH GREGORY &
Starting point New Point Road and Elizabeth to Broad Street
ending at Elizabeth City Hall
Call 908-451-1460 for more information


Thursday, June 02, 2011

Multicultural Films That Celebrate Strong Women

JUNE 3 - 5, 2011
From Mali to the USA, from Colombia to Canada, there are Black women everywhere fighting to defend women's rights .
ADIFF has compiled a few powerful films that tell the stories of women who fight to keep their family, their culture and their integrity alive and strong.
WHEN: JUNE 3 - JUNE 5, 2011
Columbia University
525 West 120th Street 
Room 263 Macy

Take the  #1 train  to 116th street and walk uptown four blocks. Entrance between Broadway and Amsterdam. Picture ID required to enter building.


Faraw, Mother of Dunes by Abbdoulaye Ascofaré (Mali, 90mins)

Zamiatouis the mother of two quarrelsome boys and a depressed teenage girl. She is also the wife of a man arrested for political reasons who returns from prison mentally and physically destroyed. She struggles hard to survive in a poor and desolate area. She is ready to face anything to keep the family alive except prostituting her beautiful daughter. Her determination will take her far from her family. FREE SCREENING


Josephine Baker- Black Diva in a White Man's World- by Annette von Wangenheim (Germany/USA, 45mins)

A tender, revealing documentary about of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theatre history; her song "J'ai deux amours" became a classic, and her hymn. The film focuses her life and work from a perspective that analyses images of Black people in popular culture. It portrays the artist in the mirror of European colonial clichés and presents her as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination involved in the worldwide Black Consciousness movement of the 20th century.


Family Motel by Helene Klodawsky (Canada, 88mins)

Raising teenaged daughters is not easy, especially for Ayan, a Somalian refugee living in Canada who also supports a husband and two sons left behind in Somalia. Living in her small Vancouver apartment with her daughters -- Nasrah, 17, and Leila, 15 -- Ayan is trying to keep everything together, but is evicted from her apartment for late payment. Because Ayan is unable to afford the soaring rents her two service jobs, and the Canadian social services are unable to assist in placing her, she and her two daughters must move into a Family Motel. Ayan keeps her faith and dignity throughout these challenging times and, with great fortitude, strives to make the best of her difficult situation.

Soraya, Love Is Not Forgotten by Marta Rodríguez and Fernando Restrepo (Colombia, 52mins)

In the violent and complex conflict that has racked Colombia, the most vulnerable are always the most affected. Soraya Palacios' story is that of many Afrocolombian peasants displaced from their land in the armed conflict between the national army, Colombian guerillas, and the right-wing paramilitary. Soraya has to abandon her homeland after her husband's assassination by paramilitaries. As a mother of six children, she does her best to provide as much as she can for them. Likes many other Afro-Colombian women displaced from Choco, her daily struggle reflects her desire to resist for getting her culture and history.

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Susana Baca : MemoriaViva by Mark Dixon (Peru/Belgium, 54mins)

Susana Baca is not a champion in the performance and preservation of Afro-Peruvianheritage, but also an elegant singer whose shimmering voice sings of love, loss and life. Susana and her husband Ricardo Pereira have founded the Instituto Negrocontinuo "Black Continuum" in Lima, a spirited facility for the exploration, expression, and creation of Black Peruvian culture. While Baca has dedicated herself to researching and performing virtually all forms of Afro-Peruvian folklore, it is the lando that has become her trademark. This slow to mid-tempo, highly evocative mix of Spanish, Indigenous and African rhythms has become what the son is to Cuba, or the samba to Brazil--the lando is the sound of Black Peru.


Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story by YousryNasrallah (Egypt, 134 mins) Hebba Younisis a contemporary, fiercely independent talk-show host. She is married to Karim Hassan, an opportunistic newspaper editor for a government-owned daily. Hebba is asked to forfeit the success of her career for the professional ambitions of her husband. She must soften the critical tone of her reports governmental affairs. As Hebba finally complies and shifts away from hard politics to devote her program to social issues - the so-called "women's stories," she discovers lives and struggles that may be even more damaging to reveal. Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story is a surprising, engrossing and thoughtful film about modern gender politics in Egypt.


Hearing Radmilla by Angela Webb (USA, 82mins)

This film is a portrait of Radmilla Cody, who was Miss Navajo Nation from 1997 to 1998. It follows her reign as the first biracial Miss Navajo, then explores her pursuit of a singing career, and finally addresses the cruel realities that led to serious legal consequences for her.


Umoja- the village where men are forbidden by Jean Crousillac and Jean-Marc Sainclair (France/Kenya, 52mins)

The film tells the story of brave Samburu women who were raped by British soldiers based in Northern Kenya between 1970 and 2003. Dishonored, the women were beaten and renounced by their husbands. In 1990, a few of those women gathered and created Umoja, a village forbidden to men, which rapidly became a refuge for those in a similar plight. Since then, jealous men have frequently attacked Umoja and causing trouble and harassing its founder and matriarch, Rebecca Lolosoli.


Compensation by Zeinabu irene Davis (US, 92mins)

Compensation the first feature by award-winning filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis (Cycles and A PowerfulThang), presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability and discrimination. An important film African-American deaf culture, Davis innovatively incorporates silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication.


Beah: A Black Woman Speaks by Lisa Gay Hamilton (USA, 90mins)

Beah, A Black Woman Speaks, the directorial debut of actress Lisa Gay Hamilton, celebrates the life of legendary African American actress, poet and political activist Beah Richards, best known for her Oscar nominated role in
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. While Richards' struggled to overcome racial stereotypes throughout her long career and in Hollywood and New York, she also had an influential role in the fight for Civil Rights, working alongside the likes of Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois and Louise Patterson. Enlightening and moving, the film is a fitting tribute to Richard's life of integrity, leadership and service to the two cultures she loved so deeply-the arts and the African American community.


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