The 11th Annual
CHICAGO AFRICAN DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL
June 14-20, 2013
"The annual African Diaspora Film Festival is as diverse and porous as the diaspora itself" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
ArtMattan Productions and The Facets Cinematheque are presenting The 11th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival, which will be held at Facets from June 14-20. This outstanding event will feature a selection of Black Independent Films from around the world, showcasing U.S. and 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 11th Annual African Diaspora Film FestivalChicago is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following institutions: The Facets Cinémathèque, ArtMattan Productions, The Alliance Française de Chicago, the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University, The Dusable Heritage Association; the Quebec Government OfficeChicago and the Consulate General of SwitzerlandChicago.
Tickets are $15 for Opening Night, $9 general admission.Order tickets
Note: Facets membership privileges for free admission are not eligible for the 11th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival.
OPENING NIGHT SCREENING
Sponsored by the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University
African Independence highlights the birth, realization, and problems confronted by the African independence movement. The story channels the voices of freedom fighters and leaders who achieved independence, liberty and justice for African people. Get a unique glimpse of Africa's recent history through four watershed eventsWorld War II, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics.
Directed by Tukufu Zuberi, USA/Tanzania/South Africa/Kenya/Georgia, 2013, 120 min.
Facets Film Dialogue
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tukufu Zuberi. Opening Night Film and Reception sponsored by the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University.
Hill and Gully is an urban Cinderella story, set during 2008, the historic election year of Barack Obama. With palpable "Change" in the air, love pursues an unhappy single mother, and her dysfunctional family who become transformed through the efforts of a psychiatrist who challenges them to speak their secret wishes and to take a chance on opening their hearts to their deepest dreams.
Directed by Patrice Johnson Chevannes, USA, 2011, 113 min.
HERE WE DROWN, ALGERIANS
(Ici on noie les Algériens)
In response to the call of the National Liberation Front, thousands of Algerians marched on October 17, 1961 to protest against the curfew imposed on them. The brutal repression they confronted is recounted in detail in this documentary, which reveals one of the painful pages of the Algerian war for independence.
Directed by Yasmina Adi, France, 2011, 90 min. In French with English subtitles.
"Hearing N'Dour's soaring voice transmit his songs through the unfamiliar but effective surroundings of a jazz combo proves a transcendent experience" -TimeOut London
"Touching, sad, sometimes tense and ultimately uplifting" -San Francisco Chronicle
A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created. Youssou N'Dour is performing the last concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and its victims.
Directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud, Senegal/Switzerland/Luxembourg, 2006, 108 min. In English with French and English subtitles.
This musical documentary traces Maestro Issa's contributions to the music scene in Haiti between 1942 and 1959. Issa El Saieh created a musical revolution in Haiti by introducing Jazz and Cuban music to the island after returning there in 1940. Band leader in the Cabane Choucoune and in the Casino, he was also instrumental in discovering local talents.
Directed by Frantz Voltaire, Canada/Quebec, 2010, 59 min. In English and French/Creole with English subtitles.
Saturday, June 15 at 9 pm Reception from 7:30-9 pm
SEASONS OF A LIFE
A housemaid, who is sexually abused by her boss and made pregnant, is forced to give up her son in order to continue her education. Six years later, she comes back to claim her son. From Malawi comes this moving story about sexual abuse, women rights and the legal justice system in Malawi.
Directed by C. Shemu Joyah, Malawi, 2008, 102 min.
When Jimi's father suddenly becomes ill and nears death in his home village, he embarks with two of his best friends on a journey of a lifetime when they leave the capital of Madagascar for the deep countryside to bring assistance to his family. Along the way, they pick up Charu, a beautiful and mysterious Indo-pakistani teen who puts their friendship in jeopardy. On the road trip, the quartet encounters off the wall characters that embody the spirit of the island of Madagascar. As the coming of age journey unfolds with an unexpected outcome, the three friends stand at the very edge of their future, which brings them not only face to face with their own fate but the future of their country.
Directed by Haminiaina Ratovoarivony, Madascar, 2012, 93 min. In Malagasy with English subtitles.
Sunday, June 16 at 4 pm
Tuesday, June 18 at 8:30 pm
OBJECTION VI (Einspruch VI)
The story of a deportation that ended with the tragic death of an asylum seeker in March 2010. In the film, the camera itself is the asylum seeker, and what it captures is a subjective view of reality.
Directed by Rolando Colla, Switzerland, 2012, 17 min. In Swiss and German with English subtitles.
Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Fest
Critics' Pick "A remarkably cleareyed, quietly ambitious film" -New York Times
"The real achievement here is affecting detail within an observational approach" -Village Voice
"What distinguishes [this film] is not the depiction of danger and loss at sea, but a deep understanding of West African culture" -NPR
Critics' Pick -TimeOut Chicago
"Exceptional and vividly realized" -Chicago Tribune
In Moussa Toure's powerful epic fiction film, Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job. Leading a group of 30 men and a woman who don't all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.
Directed by Massa Toure, Senegal/France/Germany, 2012, 87 min. In French and Wolof with English subtitles.
Sunday, June 16 at 6:30 pm Reception from 5:30-6:30 pm
Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00 pm
ALUKU LIBA, MAROON AGAIN
Loeti has spent years away from his village in French Guiana, working in extreme conditions. When the army cracks down on illegal gold mining in the Amazon forest, he is forced to flee and must use the skills he learned as a child to survive in the forest. His only hope is to find his way home to his people and reclaim his Maroon past and culture.
Directed by Nicolas Jolliet, Canada/French Guiana/Suriname, 2009, 90 min.
Six men and a woman set out on the hazardous journey from Senegal to Morocco in a bid to slip illegally into Europe to escape from the poverty and internecine warfare of Africa. All are lured by the promise of a better life, but the challenges are numerous.
Directed by Mostefa Djadjam, France/Algeria, 2002, 102 min. In French with English subtitles.
Monday, June 17 at 8:30 pm
Tango MacBeth offers a multicultural, multigenerational vision and presentation of the Shakespeare play. This provocative version of Macbeth unfolds like a Möbius strip. Moving back and forth, the drama of the play intertwines with the drama of making the film. The film offers an original and imaginative way of bringing a classic to contemporary times.
Directed by Nadine M. Patterson, USA, 2012, 73 min.
The action takes place in a village on the Venezuelan coast, a place of fishermen and big haciendas. Jose Ramon, son of a white aristocrat and a humble black fisher-women, is trying to define his own identity while dealing with social and sexual conflicts, power, culture, the law, and the impossible relationship he has with both his parents. Based on the novel El Mestizo Jose Vargas by Guillermo Meneses.
Directed by Mario Handler, Venezuela, 1989, 82 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 pm
NÉLIO'S STORY (Comedia infantíl)
Nélio, a little African boy who loses his family in the civil war in Mozambique, is taken to a training camp for boy soldiers. He manages to escape and reaches the capital after a long run. There he becomes the leader of a group of street urchins, who gradually come to believe that he can cure diseases and raise the dead. His reputation grows and people come to him for help. But the war catches up with him. Based on the novel Chronicler of the Winds by Henning Mankell.
Directed by Solveig Nordlund, Sweden, 1997, 92 min. In Portuguese and Mozambican with English subtitles.