Skip to main content

African Diaspora Summer Film Series NYC

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA SUMMER FILM SERIES

Riverside Theatre, New York
13 Films from 13 Countries
Aug 20th – Aug 29th

New York, July 29, 2010 - Thirteen films – including several World, U.S. and New York premieres – will screen during the 5th Annual African Diaspora Summer Film Series presented by the The Riverside Theatre and African Diaspora Film Festival from August 20 to August 29, 2010, at the Theatre (91 Claremont Ave., bet. 120th & 122nd St., Morningside Heights).

With two weekends of compelling and provocative films, an opening reception, a closing musical performance and multiple discussions with guest speakers, the 5th Annual African Diaspora Summer Film Series is expanding in scope, range and resonance.

“We are very proud of our line up this year,” says Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, Co-Director of the African Diaspora Film Festival. “It is the strongest we have featured so far in the ADFF Summer Series and it will provide a great entertainment value for those who like to enjoy quality art, culture and education in a cool and relaxed atmosphere.”

The 5th Annual African Diaspora Summer Film Series will open with the U.S. premiere of a fiction film from Trinidad & Tobago, “Happy Sad” by award winning director Dianah Wynter (Soul Food, ABC Afterschool Specials: Daddy's Girl), who will attend the screening with her lead actress. In this absorbing family drama, passions are unleashed, laying bare souls and revealing long hidden secrets when 17-year-old Mandy Graham goes to live with her father’s dysfunctional family after her mother is sent to prison.

Three other films exploring life in the Caribbean are classic film “Ava & Gabriel: A Love Story” from the Dutch Caribbean -- soon to be released by ArtMattan Productions with “Papa’s Song” in the 2-DVD set entitled “The Colors of Curacao;” documentary “Sara Gomez: An Afro-Cuban Filmmaker” about the life, passion and family of first Afro-Cuban woman filmmaker in Cuba, Sara Gomez; and “W.A. R. Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney,” about the life of world renowned, historian, author, Pan-African thinker and activist Dr. Walter Rodney, who was assassinated in 1980, at age 38, in his native Guyana.  The screening of “W.A.R. Stories” will be followed by a discussion with director Clairmont Chung.

Two films in the series will explore global issues that are particularly relevant today:  “Greening the Revolution” by Katie Curran is a powerful documentary that investigates today’s globalized, profit-centered food system and explores how people are fighting back all over the world against that system.  “Sweet Crude: A Film about the Niger Delta” by John Anderson, tells the story of the people of Nigeria’s Niger Delta, who have experienced for years the same natural destruction as that generated by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Six of the thirteen films presented in this Summer Program were directed by women. Already mentioned are “Happy Sad” by Dianah Wynter, “Sara Gomez: An Afro-Cuban Filmmaker” by Alessandra Muller, and “Greening the Revolution” by Katie Curran.  The other films are “Hearing Radmila” by Angela Webb about the life of the first Miss Navajo of African descent; “Cape Verde: My Love” by Ana Ramos Lisboa Praïa, a fiction film that takes a critical look at the lives of women in Cape Verde; and “The Wedding Song” by Karin Albou about the life of Jews and Muslims in occupied Tunisia during World War II.

Also from Africa are: “Arugba,” the latest film by award winning Nigerian filmmaker Tunde Kelani -- the ADFF 2009 Africa Channel Gala Screening selection – a film based on traditional Yoruba culture and conflict in Nigeria; and ADFF 2009 Opening Night Film “Nothing but the Truth,” by renowned actor/director John Kani, a gripping investigation into the complex dynamic between the people who remained in South Africa and risked their lives to lead the struggle against apartheid and those who returned victoriously after living in exile.

Burn: The evolution of an American City” by Harold Jackson III, is a revealing documentary about the 1921 Tulsa Oklahoma Race Riot which decimated the Greenwood District of the city nationally known at the time as the “Negro Wall Street.”

All tickets for the opening and closing screenings are $15; and tickets for the other screenings are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.theriversidetheatre.org, by phone at 212.870.6784, or in person at the Theater box office (Thursday-Saturday 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4:00 p.m.).

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Film News - imagineNATIVE Embargo Collective at the Berlin Film Fest

Hot Off the Presses:
(and gosh, doesn't that expression sound quaint these days?)

imagineNATIVE’s EMBARGO COLLECTIVE
to have its European Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2010
(Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 11.-21.02.10)

(Toronto, February 3rd, 2010) The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is pleased to announce the official selection of the festival’s Embargo Collective programme for the Forum Expanded section of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. This programme of works was commissioned by the imagineNATIVE festival for its 10th anniversary and will have its European premiere Monday, February 15th, 8.30pm at Cinema Arsenal 2 and a repeat screening Wednesday, February 17th, 4pm at CinemaxX 6.

Curated by imagineNATIVE’s Artistic Director Danis Goulet, the Embargo Collective is an international group of seven Indigenous artists at the forefront of the changing global landscape of Indigenous cinema. Inspired by Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructi…

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Guitar Rock | Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds Independent: May 31, 2019

Guitar Rock
Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds
Independent: May 31, 2019
Stream/Buy on Bandcamp
Stream it on Spotify

With tight musicians and intriguing lyrics, Happy Freuds delivers high energy guitar rock with stylistic flair on Echo Of Sounds, their debut release. Produced with a minimum of overdubs or fixes, the album consists of a mix of original material, rearrangements of works from others and selected, less known, classic rock.

A kinetic rhythm section is the bones of the music, offering interesting patterns that augment sometimes unexpected harmonic changes. It's brainy rock, in other words, meant for music lovers who can appreciate the quality. Teo's vocals are raspy and expressive, growly when necessary - perfect for the musical mode. Teo also covers lead guitar, adapt at ear worm leads, with a tone that can be clean or dirty as required

Their sound ranges from straight up hard rock in tracks like The Mountain to the pop-flavoured acoustic Background Noise and folky To …