ADIFF’s Black History Month Program includes a screening of ‘Barrow, Freedom Fighter’

The film tells the story of The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow who successfully led Barbados to independence on November 30th, 1966.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival will celebrate Black History Month with a selection of films about the multiple dimensions of Black History.

Highlighting the program is the East Coast Premiere presentation of “The Robeson Effect,” Juney Smith’s latest documentary that celebrates the life and accomplishments of actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory, co-founders of the Robey Theatre Company named in honor of pioneering actor, public speaker, and opera singer ‘Paul Robeson’.

Other films in the program include the epic drama “Njinga, Queen of Angola” by Sergio Graciano about the famous 17th century Queen who led her kingdom in a long struggle for independence. “Barrow, Freedom Fighter” by Marcia Weekes which tells the story of The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow who successfully led Barbados to independence on November 30th, 1966 after more than 300 years as a British colony. Barrow will screen with “Catch a Fire by Menelik Shabbaz, the story of Deacon Paul Bogle, often described as a 19th century Malcom X of Jamaica.

Celebrating leadership in the arts and politics are “Jacques Roumain: Passion For A Country” by Arnold Antonin, an exploration of Haitian society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that focuses on the tormented life of one of Haiti’s most important authors and prominent political figures.

ADIFF’s Black History Month Program will open on February 28 with a free screening of “Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango” by Dom Pedro, a revealing historical and musical documentary that celebrates the contribution of Africa to the development of the Tango.

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