African Diaspora International Film Festival to celebrate Black History Month

Actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory will be screening their documentary “The Robeson Effect.”

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

The films in this year’s Black History Month series range from “Nzinga, Queen of Angola” which tells the story about one of the most celebrated African women in history to the New York Premiere of “The Robeson Effect” starring Danny Glover and Ben Guillory.  On Thursday, February 28, 2019 watch the FREE screening of Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango. This documentary by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro explores the expression of Tango’s Africanness and the contribution of African cultures in the creation of the tango. Tango was a reflection of the social life of the slaves that were taken to South America – including Argentina and Uruguay – mostly from central Africa, particularly from the former Kongo Kingdom. Director Dom Pedro reveals the depth of the footprints of the African music on the tango, through this rich movie combining musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Caceres.

On Friday, March 1, 2019 join actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory for the New York Premiere of the Juney Smith documentary The Robeson Effect. Actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory have been friends for over 50 years. They share with the audience the extraordinary story of that friendship, some of their life’s journey, their artistic journey and their shared admiration of Paul Robeson, which led them to the creation of the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles, California. The evening begins with a red carpet at 7pm followed by the screening and Q&A at 8pm at Teachers College.

We are proud to announce the recent addition of the East Coast premiere for Boss: The Black Experience in Business playing on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Teachers College. The feature documentary tells the little-known story of African American entrepreneurship from post enslavement and reconstruction to the present, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide one of the backbones of this nation’s economic and social growth.  Directed by Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and Freedom Summer), Boss: The Black Experience in Business shines a light on the story of resilience and resistance within the black American experience in the face of overwhelming odds, including racial hostility and violence, economic exclusion, segregation and discrimination.


THURSDAY, February 28, 2019
7:00pm – Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango  (Angola/France/Argentina/Uruguay)

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019
The Robeson Effect (USA)
7:00pm – Red Carpet & VIP Reception
8:00pm – Film & Q&A with actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory

SATURDAY, March 2, 2019
2pm – Time & Judgement (UK)
4pm – Jacques Roumain: Passion for a Country (Haiti)
6:30pm – Catch a Fire & Barrow: Freedom Fighter (UK & Barbados)
8:40pm – Boss: The Black Experience in Business (USA)

SUNDAY, March 3, 2019
263 MACY
2pm –  Aleijadinho, Passion, Glory & Torment (Brasil)
4pm – Nasser’s Republic: The Making of The Modern Egypt (Egypt/USA)
6pm – Nzinga, Queen of Angola (Njinga Rainha De Angola) (Brasil/Angola)

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