The Best of the African Diaspora International Film Festival is back from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14 with a selection of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films in ADIFF 2017. Screenings will be held at Teachers College, Columbia University.
“The Last Revolutionary,” by Michael Brewer (USA, 2017, 75 min.) has been selected to open the Best of ADIFF. The film depicts two Black men who came together as revolutionaries in the 1970s but whose lives took very different paths. They meet again in a Los Angeles throwback hideout during Obama’s presidency and debate and argue about how to best stop the ongoing attacks from the far right and racist groups around the country. Reviewer Carine Fabius of the Huffington Post wrote, “‘The Last Revolutionary’ is a powerful film, whose lasting effect sneaks up on you like a hand grenade loaded with vision. It starts out light and humorous and ends with a sucker punch to the stomach.”
“The Last Revolutionary’ is one of several films in the Best of ADIFF that deal with issues of social justice, activism and police brutality, issues that have for a long time been and continue to be of great concern to communities of color worldwide.
Going back into history are films such as “Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement!,” a personal and intimate portrait of the activist’s public and private life; “Winnie,” the award-winning Sundance documentary on Winnie Mandela; “Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba,” a powerful documentary about the South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba; and “Barrow: Freedom Fighter,” a biopic about the man who led the struggle for Barbados independence after 300 years of British colonialism. Marcia Weekes, director of “Barrow: Freedom Fighter,” will receive ADIFF’s 2017 Audience Award for the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color during the Best of ADIFF.
Addressing contemporary concerns are “Black Cop,” a searing political satire about a Black cop who seeks revenge after being egregiously profiled and assaulted by his colleagues, and “Kafou,” a dark comedy and a thriller intended to be a social commentary on Haitian society.
Hispanic/Latino films in the Best of ADIFF are “The Valley of the Black Descendants,” a documentary about Chileans of African descent fighting to get official recognition from a state that has concealed their culture and African identity for more than 200 years; “The Invisible Color: Black Is More Than a Color,” by dean of Afro-Cuban Cinema Sergio Giral, which investigates the Black Cuban exile community in South Florida; and “Gurumbé: Afro-Andalouisian Memories,” by Spanish director Miguel Angel Rosales, which explores the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to that art form of flamenco.
For more information about the Best of ADIFF or to receive the complete line-up, screeners and high resolution images, please contact Diarah N’Daw-Spech at 212-864-1760, fax 212-316-6020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the festival website at www.nyadiff.org.
The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
The Best of ADIFF is made possible thanks to 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; The Harlem Community Development Corporation; the New York City Council on the Arts; Consulate General of Barbados at New York; and WBAI. ADIFF is a proud member of the Harlem Arts Alliance.