7th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival — Washington, D.C.

(Image courtesy the African Diaspora International Film Festival, ADIFF, and TransAfrica)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – The 2013 African Diaspora International Film Festival, which is presented annually by ADIFF and TransAfrica, is scheduled to take place at the Goethe Institute in Washington D.C. this weekend.

The line-up features seven films of various genres including Otomo (German with English subtitles) — a convincing depiction of the impact of institutionalized racism on black refugees in Europe, as well as the Washington, DC premier of African Cypher, a look inside the complicated culture of street dance in South Africa. An Ethiopian film Nishan (Directed by Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn, 2013, 105min), is a suspenseful drama about a young woman whose destiny is trapped in an unsigned document and a web of lies that she must sort out in order to achieve her ambitious dreams.

The festival opens on Friday, August 16th at 6pm with the showing of African Independence and a Q&A with director Tukufu Zuberi. The event’s announcement notes that Zuberi’s documentary “provides a unique glimpse of the continent’s recent history through four watershed events – World War II, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics.”

Nishan (see trailer below) will screen on Saturday, August 17th at 8pm followed by Return to Goree — a musical road movie that follows Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s historical journey “tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created.”

This year’s event will close with the premiere of Tango MacBeth that offers “a multicultural, multi-generational 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.” The director, Nadine M. Patterson, will be present for a Q&A session with the audience after the screening.

If You Go:
Friday, August 16th Opening Night screening – $20
Sunday, August 18th Closing Night screening – $15
General admission: $12 per screening;
Students and Seniors: $10 per screening
Weekend Pass: $60
For advance ticket sales click here.
Tel: 212.864.1760
For more info email: info@transafricaforum.org.

Trailer 1: African Independence, A documentary written and produced by Tukufu Zuberi

Trailer 2: Nishan Ethiopian film — A drama directed by Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn

Trailer 3: Tango MacBeth — Re-imagining of the classic tragedy for today by Nadine M. Patterson

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