24th African Diaspora International Film Festival announces doucmentary line-up

2 December 2016


Black Ballerina

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back for its 24th edition from 25 November to 11 December with a total of 66 films from 30 countries, including 34 US and NY Premieres.

Leading the selection is Zeinabu Irene Davis’ Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema From UCLA. The film tells the story of one of the most dynamic groups of black filmmakers in America and their aim of changing the narrative of black films in this country. Spirits of Rebellion is the ADIFF 2016 Closing Night film.

Senegal is the destination of the documentaries in the Senegal Connection Programme, fundamentally addressing the issue of connection among people with a common origin but little mutual understanding. The two films in the programme are rooted in a very strong pan-African spirit. In Youssou N’Dour: Return to Goree by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud, we witness the musical and historical journey in which the Senegalese griot/singer Youssou N’Dour embarks to pay homage to the creativity and resilience of Africans in the diaspora. In Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey by Mallory Sohmer and Kate Benzschawel, we follow a trip that an African Social Worker and an African-American African dance teacher organise for four bucket players from the Chicago South Side to be able to visit Dakar and be exposed to Senegalese music and culture.

Another African singer, Fatoumata Diawara, is one of the main performers in Mali Blues by Lutz Gregor, a TIFF DOC official selection to have a sneak preview screening in ADIFF. This musical documentary follows her in her journey to the Niger Festival in her native Mali where she performs with several other Malian artists who are using their art to fight against Islamic extremists in the region.

For more information about the 24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, visit the festival website.

Source: Shadow and Act 23 November 2016