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Strong Caribbean Film Line-Up In 12TH ANNUAL D.C. AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL August 17‐19, 2018

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The DC African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) – DC  will hold its 12th Anniversary from August 17 to 19, 2018 at the George Washington University (GWU) Marvin Center (800 21st Street NW). The weekend will feature 16 films that will take audiences in and out of the United States – including 8 films directed by women and 14 DC premieres.

Opening Night film Timeless by Ed LaBorde is from the US Virgin Islands. It is a love story that transcends time from 19th century Ghana to the modern day Caribbean.  It is the story of Ajuwa, a Ghanaian warrior, who loses her soulmate to the slave trade. Their souls reunite in the present in the form of Malinda Benjamin, a Senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alphonse Walcott, a gifted writer who has returned from New York. But the kindling of the relationship goes sour when Alphonse meets Bianca.  The Opening Night event will start with a VIP catered reception at 8pm.  The 9pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ed LaBorde.

Set in Haiti and the US is The Good Life (La Belle Vie) by Rachelle Salvane.  The thoughtful documentary reflects on the cultural crossfire the director experienced as a Haitian-American growing up in Harlem juxtaposing her parents’ memories of noble family histories with a humble working class reality.

The Invisible Color: Black Is More Than a Color by veteran Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sergio Giral investigates the black Cuban exile community in South Florida, since the first wave of political refugees in the 1959 revolutionary aftermath, to today.  It is presented in THE AFRO-LATINO PROGRAM, with US/Honduras production Revolutionary Medicine by Jesse Freeston & Beth Geglia.

Hailing from Trinidad & Tobago and the UK is Every Cook Can Govern: Documenting The Life, Impact & Works of C.L.R. James by Ceri Dingle and Rob Harris. A historical tour-de-force that interweaves never-before-seen footage of C.L.R. James, author of The Black Jacobins, with personal contributions from those who knew him. This documentary presents an astute historical and political analysis from leading scholars of his work.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. The 12th Annual DC African Diaspora Film Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following institutions: The Africana Studies Program at George Washington University, ArtMattan Productions, TV5 Monde, Ethiopian Airlines, Africa World Now Project, WPFW and WEAA. The GWU Marvin Center is located at 800 21st Street NW in Washington D.C.

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For screeners, to set up interviews with filmmakers and/or receive high resolution images, please call 212‐864‐1760 or e-mail Diarah N’Daw-Spech at [email protected]

12TH ANNUAL AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – WASHINGTON  DC

August 17‐19, 2018

GWU Marvin Center – 800 21st Street NW

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
Friday, August 17, 2018

5:00pm | Stambali

6:30pm | African-Americans in Europe 
Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World Paris Noir
African Americans in the City of Light

OPENING NIGHT
8:00pm
 |  Catered VIP Reception 
9:00pm
 | Timeless – Q&A

Saturday, August 18, 2018

10:00am | Boma Tervuren

11:30am | Foreign Body

1:30pm | The Afro-Latino Program
Revolutionary Medicine
 
The Invisible Color: Black is More Than a Color

3:40pm | The Black Mexicans

6:00pm | The Citizen 

8:30pm | Life is Fare – Q&A  

Sunday, August 19, 2018

10:30am | C.L.R. James Documentary

1:00pm | Playing Away

3:00pm | La Belle Vie – Q&A

5:10pm | Street Light Harmonies

CLOSING NIGHT 
6:30pm | Catered Closing Reception
7:30pm | 
No Shade – Q&A

ADIFF WASHINGTON DC 2018

WEB SITE: www.NYADIFF.org

WHERE: GWU Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW, Washington DC, 20052
WHEN: August 17 to 19, 2018

TICKETS:
OPENING NIGHT FILM: Timeless
Films, discussion only: $15
film, discussion & VIP reception: $25

CLOSING NIGHT FILM: No Shade
Films, discussion only: $15
film, discussion & VIP reception: $25

REGULAR SCREENINGS
$13 Regular Price

$11 Students and Seniors

$10 for groups of ten or more

FESTIVAL PASSES
FESTIVAL Pass: $120  – gives access to all festival events including VIP receptions
Early Bird rate FESTIVAL Pass: $90 – until July 31, 2018

Day Pass – Friday: $40
Day Pass – Saturday: $50
Day Pass – Sunday: $50

DVDs of films from Africa and the African Diaspora will be on sale at the theater!


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