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6th ADIFF – Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival – Washington DC 2012
6ème édition

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For the 6th time, ADIFF will be held in Washington DC from August 24 to August 26, 2012, this time at the Goethe Institute located at 812 Seventh Street, NW, a location with an excellent state of the art facilities giving a perfect setting to showcase the rich selection of films from the UK, Egypt, the USA, Jamaica, and Suriname that will be, for the most part, having their DC area premiere in the context of the festival.

US films Filling The Gap and Survivor, Living Above the Noise; the musical documentaries The Story of Lovers Rock and The First Rasta, and the two fictions Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story and One People all put forward a great range and depth of images and ideas that explore the human experience of people of color.


DC PREMIERE
OPENING NIGHT FILM
THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK
Director: Menelik Shabbaz; 2011, 80min
UK
Lovers Rock, often dubbed’romantic reggae’ is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems.

Friday, August 24

Opening Night Reception @ 6PM
Film Screening @ 7PM


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SCHEHERAZADE, TELL ME A STORY
Director: Yousry Nasrallah; 2009; 135 min
EGYPT

A female talk show host in Cairo stirs up political controversy when she focuses her on-air discussions on the topic of women’s issues. « Lively, swift, vibrantly colorful and for the most part wonderfully acted, the film is slyly aware of the daytime talk show as a vehicle for women’s concerns. » – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times.

Saturday, August 25, @ 1PM


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DC PREMIERE
THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK
Director: Menelik Shabbaz; 2011, 80min
UK

Saturday, August 25, @ 3:30PM

THE FIRST RASTA
Director: Helene Lee, 2011, 90 min
JAMAICA / FRANCE
For many, initial exposure to the self-reliant tenets of Rastafarianism came through the life and music of Bob Marley. Fewer know that Marley, whose nickname was « Tuff Gong, » the name of his record label to this day, assumed that moniker in tribute to the pioneer and thinker behind the movement itself, Leonard Percival « The Gong » Howell (1893†»1981), the First Rasta!

Saturday, August 25, @ 5:45PM


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DC PREMIERE
SURVIVOR: LIVING ABOVE THE NOISE

Director: Brook Bello, 2011, 81 min
USA

A visual testimony about life after sex-slavery and abuse. One woman’s secret and fear to share what happened to her almost ruins her. Actress Brook Bello shares her story of survival from rape and sex-slavery in the US and goes on an emotional, spiritual and physical journey that will take her from suicidal thoughts, pain and addiction to a life of healing.

Saturday, August 25, @ 8PM
Q&A with Brook Bello and International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute co-founder Ka Flewellen after the screening.




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THE FIRST RASTA

Director: Helene Lee, 2011, 90 min
JAMAICA / FRANCE

Sunday, August 26 @ 1PM


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DC PREMIERE
FILLING THE GAP
Director: TyroneYoung, 2010, 83 min
USA

A spectacular docu-drama in its portrayal of historical characters like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and other lesser known African-Americans who made inventive and inspired contributions in the 1840s, the period leading to the Civil War in American History. Excellent for K-12 education.

Sunday, August 26 @ 3PM


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DC PREMIERE
ONE PEOPLE (WAM PIPEL)
Director: Pim de la Parra, 1976, 111 min
SURINAM / THE NETHERLANDS

Roy is a young black Surinamese studying in Amsterdam. When he learns that his mother is dying, he borrows money from his Dutch girlfriend to return home. There, he scandalizes everyone when he begins a relationship with Rubia, a Hindu. Will Roy stay with Rubia and remain in his newly independent homeland, or will he follow his family’s wishes and return to Holland?

Sunday, August 26 @ 5PM


WHERE:
GOETHE INSTITUTE 812 Seventh Street, NW /

TICKET PRICE
Friday, August 24 Opening Night screening:
Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26 General admission: per screening
Students and Seniors: per screening
Weekend Pass:
Tel: (212) 864-1760