THE AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TRANSCULTURAL DIALOGUE FILM SERIES


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When a person leaves a country, it is because they can no longer resolve their problems through dialogue. As soon as they arrive in another culture, the cross-cultural dialogue begins.

— ADIFF

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, April 4, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) – in collaboration with Teachers College’s Office of Diversity and Community Affairs Columbia University – hosts the Transcultural Dialogues Film Series featuring 19 films from 20 countries.

When a person leaves a country, it is because they can no longer resolve their problems through dialogue. As soon as they arrive in another culture, the cross-cultural dialogue begins. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s impossible. The stories in this series explore the multiple dialogues that take place when people arrive in a new culture and society. Films from Senegal, Tunisia, USA, Curaçao, Cape Verde, Belgium, Morocco, France, Hungary, Serbia and more are part of the program.

One of the highlights of the series is the preview screening of Karlovy Vary grand prize winner As Far As I Can Walk by Oscar-nominated Serbian director Stefan Arsenijević about a Ghanaian couple’s aspirations for a better life settled in a refugee camp in Serbia.
Other films shot in Europe include Pol Cruchten’s Black Dju which follows a young Cape Verdean looking for his father in Luxembourg. German filmmaker Freider Schailch explores immigrant life in Germany with Otomo, starring Isaach de Bankole, the true story of a black man seeking work and asylum in the German city of Stuttgart who is killed by police and Naomi’s Journey, about a young Peruvian woman who travels to Germany as a plaintiff to seek justice for her sister who was killed by her German husband.

Europe has faced many waves of immigration of refugees fleeing violence or poverty. Several films including La Pirogue by Moussa Touré, Names Live Nowhere by Dominique Loreau, Waalo Fendo by Mohammed Soudani, Foreign Body by Raja Amari, Borders by Mostefa Djadjam and Tazzeka by Jean-Philippe Gaud travel between African countries and Europe by exploring the motivations of men and women to risk everything in the hope of a better life in Europe.

Other films describe the life of men and women legally settled in their host country and the cross-cultural dialogues that result when people from different cultures live together. These films include 100% Arabica by Mahmoud Zemmouri and The Night of Destiny by Abdelkrim Bahloul both shot in France, The Citizen by Roland Vranik (Hungary), The Story of Lovers Rock by Menelik Shabbaz (UK) and Papa’s Song by Sander Francken (Netherlands).

Set in North America Sometimes I Dream in Farsi by Pirooz Kalayeh, in which the filmmaker, after remembering a traumatic racist incident in his childhood, decides to document his journey to healing. Ben and Ara by Nnegest Likké is a love story between two doctoral students at an American university. She is a black Muslim; he is an agnostic white man. They discover that when two cultures collide, the consequences can be magical and tragic. Invisible Color, Afro-Cubains in Miami by Sergio Giral and Youssou N’Dour Retour à Gorée by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud are two documentaries exploring identity and cross-cultural influences in North America.

ADIFF Transcultural Dialogues Film Series is taking place virtually throughout the United States, including Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands from April 22-25, 2022.
The series includes 5 documentaries and 14 stories. Ticket prices will range from $10 for one screening/program and $45 for an all-access pass.

THE ADIFF TRANSCULTURAL DIALOGUES FILM SERIES AT A GLANCE:

100% Arabica by Mahmoud Zemmouri (France, Belgium, Switzerland)
As far as I can walk by Stefan Arsenijecić (USA)
Ben and Ara from Nnegest LikkéBlack Dju (USA)
Black Dju by Pol Cruchten (Cape Verde, Luxembourg)
Borders by Mostefa Djadjam (Algeria, France)
The Citizen by Roland Vranik (Hungary)
Foreign body by Raja Amari
The Invisible Color: Afro-Cubans in Miami by Sergio Giral
Names Live Nowhere by Dominique Loreau (Belgium)
Naomi’s Journey by Frieder Schlaich
The Night of Destiny by Abdelkrim Bahloul
Otomo by Frieder Schlaich
Papa’s Song by Sander Francken (Curaçao, Netherlands)
The Pirogue of Moussa Touré (Senegal)
Return to Gorée by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud (Senegal, Switzerland, France)
Sometimes I Dream in Farsi by Pirooz Kalayh (USA)
The Pirogue of Moussa Touré (Senegal)
Tazzeka by Jean-Philippe Gaud (Morocco, France)
Waalo Fendo by Mohammed Soudani (Senegal, Switzerland)

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

ADIFF’s Cross-Cultural Dialogues 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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