AFRican Diaspora Film Festival By Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger
Published on Fri, Nov 23 2007 by Iquo Essien
Today is opening night for the 15th Annual AFRican Diaspora Film Festival in NYC. There's a lot of great stuff popping off, and you should really take a look, especially at Dollars and Dreams: West AFRicans in New York, co-produced by Abdel Kader Ouedraogo, owner of The Shrine nightclub up in Harlem.
People are really doing some great work out there -- so give support!
The AFRican Blogger
____________________________________________________________________OPENING NIGHT FILM: A WINTER TALE (US PREMIERE) Canada, 2007, 100mins, drama, English, Frances-Anne Solomon, dir.
Shots ring out one winter night and a bullet meant for a local street dealer kills a ten-year-old boy. In the downtown Toronto community of Parkdale, grief and suspicion hang heavily in the air, while the nightly patrons at Miss G's Caribbean TakeAway resume their ritual of beer and banter. But one of them, Gene Wright, cannot go on. He begs his friends for help. In a most unusual development, six Black men make a pact to form a support group in hopes of salvaging their broken spirits and redeeming their besieged community. A Winter Tale is set against the backdrop of a multicultural community's unrealized hopes and dreams. Bitter and tragic, funny and hopeful, the film not only tells a uniquely Canadian story thatfeatures Toronto as a central character, it also tells the universal story of Black men looking to assert their humanity in this world. Fri. Nov. 23 @ 7:45pm Opening Night at Anthology Film Archives. Q&A after the screening followed by a catered Opening Night Party at Bonafide's Restaurant; Sun, Nov. 25 @ 6:00pm at Thalia Theatre - Q&A after the screening; Sat. Dec. 1 @ 3:30pm at AnthologyFilm Archives.
____________________________________________________________________DOLLARS AND DREAMS, US PREMIERE US, 2007, 65mins, doc, English, Jeremy Rocklin, dir.
Dollars and Dreams is a documentary film focused on the pursuits and challenges of numerous West African immigrants as they confront the idea of the American Dream and the reality of the New York experience. Including additional perspectivefrom scholars, authors, and community leaders, the film creates a vibrant portrait of African achievement throughout the city, while exploring the complicated issues African immigrants face as they balance their deep connections to Africa and their enthusiastic commitments to America. Sat. Nov. 24 @ 5:50pm at AnthologyFilm Archives & Sat. Dec. 1 @ 5:30pm at the Riverside Theatre. Q&A after the screenings.
____________________________________________________________________THE SOULS OF BLACK GIRLS USA, 2006, 52mins, doc, English, Daphnes S. Valerius, dir.
The Souls of Black Girls is a provocative news documentary with social commentary from Chuck D, Regina King, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gwen Ifill and Michaela Angela Davis that raises the question of whether or not women of color may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of media images. Mon. Nov. 26 @ 2:10pm at Anthology Film Archives & Mon. Nov. 26 @ 7:30pm at Teachers College, CU. Q&A after the screenings. Shown with Autumn's Eyes.