ADIFF Washington DC 2017
11ème édition – DC African Diaspora International Film Festival.


The African Diaspora International Film Festival – DC 2017
August 18 – 20, 2017

Join the African Diaspora International Film Festival to celebrate
11 years of eclectic, revealing cinema in Washington DC!
(All films not in English have English subtitles.)


Friday, August 18, 2017

4PM | Rosa Chumbe
Directed by Jonatan Relayze, Peru, 2015, Drama, 75 min, Spanish with English subtitles.
Critically acclaimed Rosa Chumbe is a rare film from Peru where the multiculturalism and multiracialism of Peruvien society is present everywhere. Rosa is a mature police officer with both a gambling and a drinking problem. (75min)

6:30PM | Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba was one of the first African musicians who won international stardom and whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots. Miriam Makeba was forced into exile in 1959. (90min)

7:30PM | Opening Night VIP Reception
9PM | Not Black Enough + Q&A
Washington DC Premiere
Directed by Tracey Anarella, Country, 2017, 83 min, Documentary, English
Not Black Enough is a film about class warfare and the cross-tides that African-Americans are dealing with within the black community. (83min)
Screening will be followed by a Q&A session with director Tracey Anarella.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

10AM | Afro-Latino Program

The Valley of Black Descendants
Washington DC Premiere
In the Azapa Valley (Chile), an oasis in the driest desert in the world, a group of descendants of enslaved men and women brought from Africa are organizing the first African census in the history of Chile. (52min)

Invisible Roots: Afro-Mexicans in Southern California
Washington DC Premiere
Mexico is home to many African-descended peoples who have now immigrated to Southern California. Through intimate portraits, members of three Afro-Mexican families discuss what it means to be Mexican with African roots. (21min)

12PM | Gurumbe: Afro-Andalousienne Memories
Washington DC Premiere
Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. Since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians. (72min)

2PM & 4:30PM | Egypt Past & Present Program

2pm: Sins of the Flesh
A drama set against the Egyptian revolution as a back drop, the story is built around four people who live on a desert farm. It examines issues of love, revenge, passion and the misuse of power that illustrates the larger conflicts in the country. (125 min)

4:30pm: Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt – PANEL DISCUSSION
Nasser’s Republic is the first film for an American audience about Gamal Abdel Nasser, one of the Arab world’s most transformative leaders. In 1952, as an unknown young Egyptian colonel, Nasser led a coup that became a revolution. (82min)

7PM | Sweet Bottom
Washington DC Premiere
Roy Ashby, who immigrated to Brooklyn as a child returns to Barbados as a deportee. A chef by trade, Roy cannot get a job without a Police Certificate of Character. (94min)

8:30PM | Naked Poet
Washington DC Premiere
The Naked Poet (A Heart Divided) is the Story of a Poet called Lazarus. The film explores the relationships between his friends, family and lovers. (117min)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

10AM | Cell 512
Washington DC Premiere
Honorine, a married woman from a modest background with two young children and a loving husband is involved in a car accident that causes the death of a 17-year-old boy. (100min)

12:20PM | Seasons of Life + Q&A Skype
A housemaid, who is sexually abused by her boss and made pregnant, is forced to give up her son in order to go on with her education. Six years later, she comes back to claim her son. (102min)

3pm & 4:45pm | Toussaint Louverture
Special Screening – Back By Popular Demand!
Part 1 @ 3pm, Part 2 @ 4:45pm
At only eight years old, Toussaint Louverture was marked forever after witnessing a grave tragedy befall his enslaved father. Over two decades later, Louverture leads the first successful slave uprising that led to the independence of Haiti. (180min)

7PM | Independencia
Washington DC Premiere
Directed by Mario Bastos, Angola, 2015, 110 min, Documentary, Portuguese with English subtitles.
Independence (Independencia) depicts Angola’s struggle for liberation from Portugal as one of the last African countries to free itself from colonial rule. (110min)

ADIFF DC 2017 – Schedule at a Glance

Friday, August 18
4pm – Rosa Chumbe
6:30pm – Mama Africa
7:30pm – VIP Catered reception
9pm – Not Black Enough – Q&A

Saturday, August 19
10am – Afro-Latino Program
12pm – Gurumbe: Afro-Andalusienne Memories
2pm – Sins of the Flesh – Egypt Past and Present program
4:30pm – Nasser’s Republic – Egypt Past and Present program + Panel
7pm – Sweet Bottom
9pm – Naked Poet

Sunday, August 20
10am – Cell 512
12:20pm – Seasons of a Life – Q&A Skype
3pm – Toussaint Part 1
4:45pm – Toussaint Part 2
6pm – Independencia – Reception @ 6pm, film @ 7pm

GWU Marvin Center
800 21st Street NW
Washington DC, 20052
WHEN: August 18 to 20, 2017

Gives access to 6:30pm & 9pm films and VIP reception
Films, discussion only:
film, discussion & VIP reception:
Reception and film:
Regular Price; Students and Seniors; for groups of ten or more

FESTIVAL PASS: 0 – gives access to all festival events including VIP reception
Opening Night VIP Pass:
Toussaint Louverture Part 1&2 Pass:
Egypt Past and Present program: Sins of the Flesh, Nasser’s Republic & Panel:
Day Pass – Saturday:
Day Pass – Sunday:

African Diaspora Film Festival
535 Cathedral Parkway- St14B
New York, Ny 10025

Directeurs du festival : Diarah NDAW-SPECH et Reinaldo SPECH
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