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The Third Annual AFRICAN DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL
The 3rd Annual African Diaspora Film Festival will once again be held in Chicago at the Facets Cinémathèque, in collaboration with ArtMattan Productions, from June 17-23. In the reality of The African Diaspora Film Festival, people from diverse races, nationalities and backgrounds come together to enjoy important cinematic works of creativity, intellectual expansion, identity, and equality. In this world there are no boundaries around people because they are embraced in a universal understanding of humanity. Local audiences will have the rare opportunity to discover the fascinating stories that celebrate life, as well as the ongoing challenges of human beings to successfully navigate the realities of living in the modern world. The ADFF is an opportunity to showcase talented and visionary filmmakers whose works are a part of the global Black experience. All of the films that are presented in The African Diaspora Film Festival are distributed by ArtMattan Productions.
"A shrewd, funny, humane and very well-written and acted comedy" -Chicago Tribune
Montreal-based-Haitian-born Dany Laferrière is a prolific writer (How To Make Love To a Negro Without Getting Tired, On The Verge Of A Fever) whose books have been turned into critically acclaimed films. This time Mr. Laferrière is the director of a hilarious comedy on the life of Haitians in Montreal. In How to Conquer America in One Night, Gegé arrives in Montreal determined to conquer the city by charming blonde women.
Directed by Dany Laferrière, Haiti/Canada, 2004,35mm, 90 mins. In French with English subtitles.
Opening Night tickets: $15, $12 for Facets members.
This includes a reception that will be held for this event at 6 pm.
Fri., Jun. 17 at 7 pm
Mon., Jun. 20 at 9:15 pm
CAPE IN FEAR: THE GANG WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA
"Unforgettable" -Chicago Sun-Times
Rosina Erika Wagenaar, also known as "Tannie" fights on a daily basis against the gang wars in her home city, Capetown, South Africa. In the ghetto where she and other coloured South Africans live, over 150 rival gangs with 100 "gangster" members, some as young as 10 years old, live in violence and die before reaching the age of 30. For Tannie, 57 years old and the mother of 15 children, the only weapon she can use to fight violence is words, trying to convince youngsters not to sign up with gangs and negotiating truth among rival gangs. This documentary brings to light the plight of coloured people in South Africa; a group not well known that is still very much disfranchised ten years after the abolition of the apartheid system.
Directed by Carmen Butta, South Africa/Germany, 2004, BetaSP, 54 mins. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles.
Fri., Jun. 17 at 9 pm
Thurs., Jun. 23 at 6:30 pm
RIO: ZONA NORTE
"One of the powerful early social films of Dos Santos (Vidas Secas),
whose work is the crucial link between post-war neo-realism and '60s
Brazilian Cinema Novo" -Chicago Tribune
Rio: Zona Norte is constructed around a series of flashbacks in the mind of Espirito as he lies dying after falling from a train. The film lap-dissolves back and forth between the present -- Espirito's agony -- and memories of his personal struggles, frustrations, and triumphs. His story typifies the lot of the mostly anonymous composers who sell their sambas for virtually nothing, in the hope of one day hearing them played in carnival or on the radio. Talented but naive, he accepts partners and collaborators who lack his sensitivity and spirit of fairness, and who exploit or cheat him. Dos Santos reveals samba's economic subtext, and the operations of the "culture industry" -- here, radio -- and the largely foreign-dominated record industry.
Directed by Nelson Pereira Dos Santos, Brazil, 1957, 35mm, 90 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
Sat., Jun. 18 at 3 pm
Sun., Jun. Jun. 19 at 9 pm
FILMMAKER MYA B. IN PERSON!
SILENCE: IN SEARCH OF BLACK FEMALE SEXUALITY IN AMERICA
"An interesting documentary" -Chicago Tribune
A four-part documentary that dares to deal with some of the sexual taboos in American society from a woman's perspective. Fifteen black women in Chicago from all ages, backgrounds, and professions speak out for the very first time about their sexual wants, needs, and desires, aiming to clarify historical sexual misconceptions about black women and reveal the truth about their sexuality "in their own words."
Directed by Mya B., U.S.A., 2004, BetaSP, 75 mins. In English.
Filmmaker Mya B. will be here in person for a Q & A after the 5 pm screening as well as the 7 pm screening on Sunday, June 19.
Sat., Jun. 18 at 5 pm
Sun., Jun. 19 at 7 pm
RAISE YOUR VOICE: SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK
This wonderfully inspiring documentary is an intimate portrait of Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble with deep musical roots in the sacred music of the black church - spirituals, hymns, gospel - as well as jazz and blues, and explores their extraordinary sound and unwavering message of social justice. It explores the mission that guided this ensemble for 30 years, one which asserts the power of voice and song in comprehending the human condition and gathering the courage to transform it.
Directed by Stanley Nelson, 2004, U.S.A., BetaSP, 100 mins.
Sat., Jun. 18 at 9 pm
Tues., Jun. 21 at 8:45 pm
CONGO: WHITE KING, RED RUBBER, BLACK DEATH
"The hardest hitting entry [to the ADFF]" -Chicago Reader
This true, shocking, astonishing story of what the Belgians did in the Congo was forgotten for over 50 years. Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death describes Leopold II, King of the Belgium's private colony of the Congo between 1885 and 1908 as a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold posed as the protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave-traders. In reality, he carved out an empire based on terror to harvest rubber. Families were held as hostages, starving to death if the men failed to produce enough wild rubber. Children's hands were chopped off as punishment for late deliveries. The Belgian government has denounced this documentary as a "tendentious diatribe" for depicting King Leopold II as the moral forebear of Adolf Hitler, responsible for the death of 10 million people in his rapacious exploitation of the Congo. Yet, it is agreed today that the first Human Rights movement was spurred by what happened in the Congo.
Directed by Peter Bate, Belgium, 2003, 35mm, 84 mins.
Sun., Jun. 19 at 3 pm
Tues., Jun. Jun. 21 at 7 pm
EYENGUI: THE GOD OF DREAMS
A fictionalized documentary about the conflict between ancient tribal customs, acted out by a Pygmy tribe, the Baka, and the forces of modern life in the Cameroon jungles.
Directed by José Manuel Novoa, Spain, 2003, 86 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Sun., Jun. 19 at 5 pm
Wed., Jun. 22 at 7 pm
"A stunning piece of visual poetry" -Film Threat
"½ One of those rare films that deserves to be called haunting...powerful performances" -Roger Ebert
- Chicago Tribune
Critics Choice! "The best Australian feature I've seen in years" -Chicago Reader
"As scenically powerful as an Anthony Mann/James Stewart '50s western, this is also a keen social portrait of its time." -Chicago Tribune
Set in 1922 Australia, The Tracker evokes the American Wild West - merciless, untamed, and deadly for the uninitiated and non-Whites alike. David Gulpilil (Rabbit-Proof Fence) soars as the enigmatic, seemingly gullible Aborigine who has been commissioned to lead three White officers of the law through the Outback in search of a native charged with the murder of a White woman.
Directed by Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2002, 35mm, 98 mins.
David Gulpilil leads a Spartan and demanding life in tribal Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory, where he balances community obligations with the demands of his other life-as an internationally-respected film actor. Gulpilil-One Red Blood charts his career from his origins as a strictly tribal man who spoke no English, through his transformation to jet-setting movie star. Although his acting work declined during the 80's, Gulpilil is once again in the spotlight with recent leading roles in the acclaimed feature films Rabbit Proof Fence and The Tracker.
Directed by Darlene Johnson, Australia, 2002, BetaSP, 56 mins.