ADIFF 2016 celebrates Guadeloupe with ‘The Gang des Antillais’

The film follows the course of four young West Indians men who arrived to Paris in the 70’s.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back for its 24th edition from with a total of 66 films from 30 countries.Gang

This year, ADIFF will celebrate Guadeloupe in collaboration with the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board and the French Cultural Services with the screening of two films: ADIFF 2016 Centerpiece “The Gang des Antillais” and “Black Mozart in Cuba.”

Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas and MIST Harlem. The Red Carpet screening event of “The Gang des Antillais” will be held at Cinépolis Chelsea on Saturday, September 3 starting at 6 p.m. The screening and Q&A will be followed by a Cocktail reception with meet-and-greet with director Jean-Claude Barny and VIPs including Gadeloupe’s brand ambassador Willy Monfret.

“The Gang des Antillais”  is the story of four men from Guadeloupe and Martinique who, once in Paris, form a gang and hold up Post Office buildings. The film takes place in the 1960’s, a moment when French people from Overseas Departments were brought to France through the Bumidom to do the jobs that white French metropolitans did not want to do. 

“Black Mozart in Cuba” is a historical documentary about Joseph Boulogne who was born in 1745 and died in 1799. Known as the Chevalier de Saint Georges, he was a slave descendant man born in Guadeloupe who later became a noble and participated in the French Revolution. He was colonel of the Legion St. George, the first all-black regimen in Europe during the French Revolution. 

Other films which will screen at ADIFF include the Haitian film “Death By A Thousand Cuts”  a powerful documentary about the ongoing conflict at the Haitian-Dominican border. There will be a Q&A after the screening. Also from the Dominican Republic is “Nana” a portrait of those Dominican women who leave their children back home to take care of the children of rich families in the United States.

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