Best of the African Diaspora International Film Festival - Jan 9 - Jan 11, 2015

From: ADI Film Festival
Published: Tue May 12 2015

A selection of eleven films from ten countries will be part of the Best of ADIFF.

ADIFF 2014 highlights in this year’s Best of ADIFF are Bound: Africans vs African-Americans by Peres Owino, a documentary about the tensions between these two group, winner of ADIFF 2014’s Public Award for the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color; ADIFF 2014 Opening Night film Supremacy by Deon Taylor starring Danny Glover and Lela Rochon - a racially charged psychological thriller about a high ranking white supremacist who kills a cop and takes a Black family hostage; and ADIFF 2014 Closing Night film Obama Mama by Vivian Norris, a revealing documentary about Stanley Ann Dunham, mother of the nation's first black President.

The Best of ADIFF will also bring back two historic epic dramas that explore the fight for liberation by colonized and enslaved women with Ninga Queen of Angola by Sergio Graciano about a 17th century Queen who fought for freedom against Portuguese colonialism and Azú by Luis Alberto Lamata is the story of an African woman brought into slavery in Venezuela who has an ancestral destiny that will completely disrupt the plantations’ natural order.

The richness of stories hailing from the Caribbean is represented with the docs Reshipment by Gloria Rolando, an exploration of the long standing historical and socioeconomic connection between Haiti and Cuba, The Price of Memory by Karen Marks Mafundikwa, a film that follows the evolution of the Reparation movement in Jamaica, and Shadow of Color by Angela E. Roe, a visual reflection on the issue of skin color in the former Dutch colony of Curacao.

Back by popular demand are Hold Back/Rengaine by Rachid Djaïdani, the award-winning romantic comedy-drama – Director's Fortnight Cannes Film Festival 2012 - that explores the tensions between North and Sub-Saharan African communities in France and Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro which explores Tango’s Africanness and the contribution of African cultures in the creation of the music of El Rio de la Plata.

The guest film in The Best of ADIFF is That Daughter’s Crazy by Elzbieta Szoka a documentary about Rain Pryor. Carrying on a career as an actor/singer/comedian, beyond the shadow of her legendary father Richard Pryor, Rain Pryor is an original, bold, and energetic voice, who brings us influences of her upbringing with a deep love and respect for her father.

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