Linking the US and Africa is Bound: Africans vs African-Americans, a documentary about the tensions between these two groups, directed by the winner of ADIFF 2014’s Public Award for the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color, Peres Owino. 

The screening of this hard-hitting documentary that walks us through the corridors of African colonialism and African American enslavement – will be followed by a conversation with the director.

Three historic, epic dramas that explore the fight for liberation by colonised and enslaved Africans screen in the program:

Ninga Queen of Angola, by Sergio Graciano, about a 17th century Queen who fought for freedom against Portuguese colonialism,

Tula, The Revolt, by Jeroen Leinders, a film set in Curaçao in the Caribbean during slavery times,

and Sergio Giral’s classic Cuban drama Maluala, about the Maroon communities of escaped enslaved Africans in the 19th century.

The program will also feature several documentaries about the Black experience in the United States.

Stubborn as a Mule by Miller Bargerton, Jr. and Arcelious J. Daniels, an internationally award winning film that presents an eye opening depiction of lesser known historical facts and contemporary commentary regarding the call for reparations for African-Americans. In the process, the film disseminates USA black history that is not taught in most educational systems.

Spies of Mississippi by Dawn Porter is an explosive documentary based on a book by the same name that tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi, to preserve segregation and maintain white supremacy during the Civil Rights Movement.

Four documentaries complete the series:

The program African Leaders is comprised of two documentaries that offer a portrait of two leaders of the Pan-African Liberation Movement:

Thomas Sankara, from Burkina Faso, directed by Balufu Bakupa Kanyinda;

Amilcar Cabral, from Cape Verde, directed by Ana Ramos Lisboa.

The Story of Lovers Rock, by Menelik Shabbaz, is a musical documentary about Lovers Rock, often dubbed ‘romantic reggae,’ a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems.

Denying Brazil, by Joel Zito Araujo, is a documentary that explores the history of the stereotypical representation of Black characters on Brazilian TV and the negative impact of these stereotypes on the Afro-Brazilian identity formation.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

FRIDAY, February 27, 2015

6:30pm-Stubborn as a Mule 

SATURDAY, February 28, 2015

1pm-African Leaders: Thomas Sankara & Amilcar Cabral 

3pm-The Story of Lovers Rock  

5pm-Njinga, Queen of Angola

7pm-Bound: Africans vs African-Americans – Q&A with director (Peres Owino) after the screening!

 

SUNDAY, March 1, 2015

1pm-Denying Brazil

3pm-Spies of Mississippi

5pm-Tula The Revolt

7pm- Maluala 

For more information on tickets (which cost between $10 and $40), directions to the venue (Teachers College, Columbia University in New York), and parking, log onto: www.NYADIFF.org or call +1 (212) 864-1760.

Courtesy: ADIFF