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The Fourth Annual AFRICAN DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL - CHICAGO
ArtMattan Productions and The Facets Cinematheque are presenting the 4th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival, which will be held at Facets from June 16-22. This outstanding event will feature a selection of Black Independent Films from around the world for the fourth consecutive year, showcasing U.S. and Chicago premieres. This one-week series will exhibit 13 films, including four U.S. premieres, and six Chicago premieres. The African Diaspora Film Festival is an eclectic mix of foreign, independent, classic and urban films representing the global Black experience through an extraordinary range of subjects and artistic approaches. Created in 1993 by ArtMattan Productions, a company that produces a collection of programs and events promoting Afrocentric theme cultures, ADFF has long been delighting audiences with U.S. and world premieres of independent films, including features, documentaries, animation, and shorts.
The 4th Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival is made possible by the support of the following institutions: ArtMattan Productions, Facets Cinematheque, the South African Consulate General of Chicago; the Gouvernement du Quebec Delegation Generale of Chicago and HBO.
Chicago Premiere OPENING NIGHT FILM!
BOY CALLED TWIST
OFFICIAL SELECTION Cannes Film Fest
"Effortlessly translates the orphan horror story...without artifice or coyness" -Variety
A mother dies in childbirth in the middle of nowhere. Fearing blame, the locals bury her in an unmarked grave and drop the baby at a rural orphanage. So begins the incredible life of a little boy called Twist. Based on Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist, this South African version takes us into the world of the poor streets of Cape Town. and exposes the viewer to the harrowing tale of a street kid in search of love, identity, roots, understanding and family.
Directed by Tim Greene, South Africa, 2004, 35mm, 115 mins.
Fri., June 16 at 7 pm*
Wed., June 21 at 7 pm
*The Opening Night screening (Friday June 16) and preceding catered reception sponsored by the South African Consulate General in Chicago. Tickets for this event are $15.
WHERE IS SARA GOMEZ?
Allesandra Muller profiles Cuba's first female director in Where Is Sara Gomez?...which throws more light on racial discrimination under Castro than on the late filmmaker's oeuvre but serves as a rallying cry for marginalized artists everywhere." Chicago Reader
Where is Sara Gomez? is a rich, multilayered documentary about Afro-Cuban director Sarah Gomez. Born in 1943, she studied literature, piano, and Afro-Cuban ethnography before becoming the first female Cuban filmmaker. A woman of great intelligence, independence and generosity, she was a revolutionary filmmaker who invented new landscapes and brought together opposite worlds.
Directed by Alessandra Muller, Switzerland, 2005, BetaSP, 76 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Fri., June 16 at 9 pm
MASAI: THE RAIN WARRIORS
"Stunning...While the story itself is fictional, the film is of tremendous documentary value given its rich display of Masai life." -BBC
Faced with a drought that endangers the continuity of their people, Masai elders are convinced that they have been cursed by the Red God -- the God of Vengeance. Following the death of the war chief, a group of adolescents must now cross over to adulthood, forced to quickly form a new generation of inexperienced but brave warriors. The adolescents must bring back the mane of a legendary lion, as the survival of their culture depends on this quest.
Directed by Pascal Plisson, France/Kenya, 2005, 35mm, 94 mins. In Massai with English subtitles.
Starring Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Four Brothers, Dirty Pretty Things), Red Dust is a fascinating courtroom drama that looks at the atrocities of the South African apartheid government and the possibility of reconciliation. Hilary Swank plays a lawyer returning to her hometown in South Africa to defend a client at the 2000 Truth and Reconciliation Trial. He is a former anti-apartheid activist and rising political star in the African National Congress whose testimony unearths a haunting tale of the horrors of torture.
Directed by Rich Williams, South Africa, 2004, 35mm, 83 mins. Sponsored by HBO.
Sat., June 17 at 5 pm
Tues., June 20 at 9 pm
Jack longs for his rock-in-roll days and contemplates deserting his suburban/corporate lifestyle to go on the road; a choice that would end the fairytale life his pregnant wife Jenny has built for their budding family. Dreams collide with escalating cruelty as each struggles to follow their bliss.
Directed by Cleve Lamison, U.S.A, 2004, BetaSP, 93 mins.
ON THE VERGE OF A FEVER (LE GOÛT DES JEUNES FILLES)
"Most certainly one of tastiest coming-to-self films to radiate the big screen in recent years." -Film Threat
"On the Verge of a Fever blends Rouchian ethnography with Godardian poetic text-play to tell the story of a 15-year-old Haitian boy on the lam" -Village Voice
This film tells the story of Fanfan, a 15-year-old boy who just wants to experience life for himself with his streetwise friend Gégé in 1971 Haiti. Having lived a somewhat sheltered life with his protective mother, Fanfan experiences a bizarrely terrifying incident involving a Tonton-Macoute. As a result, he decides to hide out at his beautiful neighbor's house for the weekend. There, he is trapped between his fear of being caught and the fulfillment of his deepest fantasy.
Directed by John L'Ecuyer , Quebec-Canada/Haiti, 2004, 88 mins. In French with English subtitles.
Screening and preceding champagne reception sponsored by the Chicago Quebec Delegation. There will be a Q&A discussion after the 9 p.m. screening on Sat., Jun. 17 with Prof. Isabelle Belance (Music Department), and also after the 9 p.m. screening on Wed., June 21 with Prof. Ludovic Comeau (Economics Department), both of the DuSable Heritage Association.
Sat., June 17 at 9 pm
Wed., June 21 at 9 pm
Chicago Premiere with filmmaker Michèle Stephenson
FACES OF CHANGE
Grassroots activists go behind the camera to find a voice denied to them because of their social, racial, gender or ethnic background. They live in five different countries, but they share the common trait of being members of a marginalized group. Their cameras show strikingly similar vistas of broken-down homes, dust and threadbare clothing to demonstrations of profound social inequity.
Directed by Michèle Stephenson, U.S.A, 2005, BetaSP, 80 mins. In English, French, Tamil, Portuguese, & Bulgarian with English subtitles.
Cinechat: Filmmaker Michèle Stephenson will be here in person for a Q&A after the Sunday, June 18.
Sun., Jun. 18 at 3 pm
Thurs., Jun. 22 at 9 pm
OFFICIAL SELECTION Cannes Film Fest
OFFICIAL SELECTION Toronto Intl Film Fest
"The crucial difference between Manderlay and the almost unbearable Dogville is not that his politics have changed, but that his sense of mercy for the audience has been awakened." -Roger Ebert
"[Von Trier's] film exasperates and illuminates in equal measure. But no film addict will want to miss his cinematic brilliance." -Rolling Stone
"An imaginative, disturbing and richly artistic experience." -Film Threat
"More relevant than anything the year is likely to bring" -The Onion
½ "A lurid, crazy, but affecting nightmare melodrama of exploitation and the chains of culture" -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Filmmaker Lars von Trier is known for making unusual films, and Manderlay is his strange, disturbing and ultimately controversial story about race relations and slavery, set on a plantation in the American South of the 1930's. Starring Danny Glover, Issach de Bankole (Otomo), Willem Dafoe and Bryce Dallas Howard, this second delivery of the filmmaker's visual dissertation on the ugliness of the U. S. legacy is not to be missed.
Directed by Lars von Trier, Denmark/Sweden/France/UK/Germany/Netherlands, 2005, 35mm, 138 min.
Sun., June 18 at 5:30 pm
Thurs., June 22 at 6 pm
OFFICIAL SELECTION Cannes Film Fest
A classic of Tunisian cinema, Bezness takes place in one of Tunisia's beautiful coastline tourist cities. It tells the contemporary story of a young man trapped between Arab tradition and prostitution. Directed by Nouri Bouzid, Tunisia, 1992, 35mm, 100 mins. In French with English subtitles.
Sun., June 18 at 8:30 pm
U.S. Premiere Double Feature!
FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, HIS WORK
Frantz Fanon was born in Martinique and died in a Washington DC hospital at the age of 36. Frantz Fanon was a psychiatrist, a writer, and a revolutionary whose books and writings marked generations of people all over the world.
Directed by Cheikh Djemai, France/Martinique/Algeria/Tunisia, 2001, BetaSP, 52 mins. In French with English subtitles.
Catch a Fire tells the story of Deacon Paul Bogle, often described as a 19th century Malcolm X. Thirty years after the end of slavery in Jamaica, the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865 provoked outrage in Victorian Britain, shaping race and land attitudes.
Directed by Menelik Shabazz, Jamaica/UK, 1995, BetaSP, 30 mins.
Mon., Jun. 19 at 6:30 pm
Tues., Jun. 20 at 7 pm
U.S. Premiere Double Feature!
THE GREAT BAZAAR
"The Great Bazaar has the slow, hyper-observational feel of a children's film, but the adult language and some disturbing scenes clearly move it into the grown-up realm." -Chicago Tribune
"The juvenile leads are appealing and in their wanderings they take us through a vivid succession of social vignettes." -Time Out Chicago
In the suburb of an African city, 12 years-old Paito sells fritters outside his house. One day, a band of young robbers takes his money. He is determined to recover what he has lost, so he heads out for the big city on the same train as the thieves. Looking for work, he begins to stay in a dormitory for homeless vendors. There he meets Xano, whose insolent behavior and fearlessness attract him. Together, they reinvent the world.
Directed by Licinio Azavedo, Mozambique, 2005, 58 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
"Director Sylla's eye is detached, yet her approach pays off: By the end of this modest, gently inflected 52-minute portrait of Dakar citizens and their commutes, you will feel like you have been somewhere new." -Chicago Tribune
Public vans provide the traditional and sole means of city transportation in Dakar, Senegal. Colobane Express opens a window on a slice of life in the busy urban metropolis where drivers and their trainees are always on the go, managing relationships, incidents.
Directed by Khady Sylla, Senegal, 2001, 52 mins. In Wolof with English subtitles.