INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL US INDEPENDENT: ACTIVISM & SOCIAL COMMENTARY FILM SERIES MAY 13 – 16

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American independent film series

ArtMattah Films

ADIFF’s Independent Film Series on Activism and Social Commentary features 14 programs that examine the diversity of voices in independent filmmaking in the United States.

Independent films are made outside of the studio system, often on shoestring budgets, by filmmakers with the vision and mission to tell a story. The films in the selection strongly reflect this reality”

— ADIFF

NEW YORK, USA, May 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) – in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs at Teachers College at the University of Columbia – hosts the US Independent: Activism & Social Commentary Film Series featuring 16 films highlighting diverse voices in the United States.

ADIFF’s Independent Film Series on Activism and Social Commentary features 14 programs that examine the diversity of voices in the independent film script in the United States. Independent films are made outside of the studio system, often on shoestring budgets, by filmmakers with the vision and mission to tell a story. The films in the selection strongly reflect this reality.

Three documentaries highlight the lives of three personalities who have made significant contributions to the American cultural landscape. Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth by Pratibha Parmar tells the fascinating story of an extraordinary woman. Alice Walker made history by becoming the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple. Carol Bash’s Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band is a feature documentary about the life and music of this famous jazz pianist, composer and arranger and Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask by Frederick Lewis is a documentary about the life and legacy of the first African American to achieve national fame as a writer, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), best remembered for his poem “We Wear the Mask”.

Other films feature stories of individuals fighting for social justice, including Michael Brewer’s The Last Revolutionary about Mac Perkins who, in his Los Angeles hideout, plots to stop an attack by far-right and gangs. racists across the country; Brandi Webb’s Betrayal of a Nation, a documentary in which the US government is indicted and brought to justice on charges holding it responsible for crimes against citizens of color; Fighting for Respect by Joanne Burke, a documentary that captures the plight of African-American soldiers who fought in World War I, receiving the military decoration of the Croix de Guerre from France, while still fighting against discrimination and hatred in them in America; Angels on Diamond Street by Petr Lom, a film about three inspiring women fighting for social justice at an African-American church in North Philadelphia who help an undocumented Mexican immigrant seek refuge; Rebekah Henderson’s Running with My Girls follows five diverse activists who decide to run for mayor in Denver, one of the most gentrified cities in the United States.

Other independent films tell more personal stories that deal with issues of personal struggle and healing, including Felix de Rooy’s Desiree, about a psychologically troubled young woman from Brooklyn; Jeryl Prescott’s Stand Down Soldier about Sergeant Stacy Armstrong returning home after three deployments with PTSD; The Sleeping Negro by Skinner Myers about a young black man who must overcome rage, alienation and despair in order to find his own humanity; Thicker Than Blood by Anthony Williams about a united family broken and faced with the task of trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces and put them back together before they are lost forever and Angelica by Marisol Gómez-Mouakad about ‘a young black Puerto Rican woman forced to re-evaluate her relationship with her racist mother and family members.

The American short program includes White Like the Moon by Marina Gonzalez Palmier about a Mexican-American girl who struggles to keep her identity when her mother forces her to bleach her skin; The Mason Ring by Terry Dawson about a pair of siblings who go late at night to a funeral home and have an impromptu goodbye with their deceased grandfather and Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity and Strength, a documentary by Mark Goodnow and David Pierre-Louis on the resilience of the Haitian community.
The series includes 8 documentaries and 8 stories. Ticket prices are $10 for one screening/program and $45 for an all-access pass.

US INDEPENDENT ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL COMMENTARY FILM SERIES AT A GLANCE:

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth by Angelica by Marisol Gómez-Mouakad (USA)
Betrayal of a Nation by (USA)
Desiree by Felix de Rooy (USA)
Fighting for Respect: African Americans in WWI by Joanne Burke (USA/France)
Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity and Strength by Mark Goodnow (USA)
Mary Lou William: The Lady Who Swings the Band by Carol Bash (USA)
Terry Dawson’s Mason Ring (USA)
Running With My Daughters by Rebekah Henderson (USA)
The Sleeping Negro by Skinner Myers (USA)
Stand Down Soldier by Jeryl Prescott (USA)
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask by Kane Stratton (USA)
Thicker Than Blood by Anthony Williams (USA)
The Last Revolutionary by Michael Brewer (USA)
White Like the Moon by Marina Gonzalez Palmier (USA)
Angelica by Marisol Gómez-Mouakad (USA/Puerto Rico)
Angels on Diamond Street by Petr Lom (USA/Netherlands)

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The UNITED STATES INDEPENDENT ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL COMMENTARY FILM SERIES is made possible through the support of the following institutions and individuals: ArtMattan Productions; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by the LMCC, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Diarah N’Daw-Spech
Art Mattan Films
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