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Feb 23 - 25 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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ADIFF New York Presents: Black History Month 2024 Film Series

Tickets range from $1 1for Students & Seniors – $45 for an all access pass to all the films playing over the February 23 – 25 weekend!


6PM 100 Days by Nick Hughes (Rwanda, UK)

100 Days a compelling film by Nick Hughes, is being featured in ADIFF’s Black History Month program to commemorate 30 years since the Rwandan Genocide.

This intense portrayal centers on Josette, a young Tutsi woman, and her struggle for survival during one of history’s most brutal genocides. Through her story, the film captures the horrific violence and the resilience of the human spirit amidst ethnic conflict and moral complexities. A powerful reminder of past atrocities but also an educational tool for vital discussions on human rights and history.

Directed by Nick Hughes, 2001, 100 mins, Drama, Rwanda, English

8PM Abolição by Zózimo Bulbul (Brazil)

In 1988, the centenary of abolition of slavery in Brazil, Zózimo Bulbul made this powerful historical analysis of racial issues in his country. This documentary provides an in-depth look through extensive archival researching and interviews of key figures who were involved in preserving black culture. Aside from historical testimony, this epic documentary also points to the current relevance of facing the racism that still confronts the black population in Brazil.

Directed by Zózimo Bulbul, 1988, 153 Minutes, Documentary, Brazil, Portuguese (with English subtitles)


12PM Jacques Roumain by Arnold Antonin (Haiti)

This exploration of Haitian society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries focuses on the tormented life of one of Haiti’s most important authors and prominent political figures, Jacques Roumain. In his perceptive writings, Roumain raised questions about the issues facing Haiti that remain relevant today.

Some of Jacques Roumain’s best writings were translated by the legendary African-American poet Langston Hughes. The question is raised: what legacy has Jacques Roumain left for the future of Haitian youth.

Directed by Arnold Antonin, 2008, 111 mins, Documentary, Haiti, Creole, French (with English subtitles)

2:30PM CARIBBEAN HISTORY PROGRAM: Catch a Fire by Menelik Shabazz (UK)

Catch a Fire tells the story of Deacon Paul Bogle, often described as a 19th century Malcom X. 30 years after the end of slavery in Jamaica, the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865 provoked outrage in Victorian Britain shaping race and land attitudes. The story is constructed using extensive interviews with Paul Bogle’s grand son as well as archive material.

Directed by Menelik Shabazz, 1995, 30 mins, Documentary, UK, English +

Barrow: Freedom Fighter by Marcia Weekes (Barbados)

The Errol Barrow docudrama, “Barrow: Freedom Fighter” tells the story about the courage of one man who relentlessly preached a gospel of economic self reliance and self respect to the people of his native country Barbados and beyond. He defied the status quo, confronted racism and classicism, fought colonial oppression and selflessly led his people to political and economic freedom.

Directed by Marcia Weekes, 2016, 74 Minutes, Documentary, Barbados, English

4:40PM Walter Rodney: What They Don’t Want You To Know by Daniyal Harris Vajda, Arlen Harris (USA)

An original circa 72-minute documentary featuring a murder, Cold War conspiracies, Black Power, the end of the Empire, and how that connects to the policing and surveillance practices of today. It feeds a growing appetite for history from a different perspective, as we grapple with the legacy of empire, colonialism, and its impact on the modern world.

Directed by Daniyal Harris Vajda, Arlen Harris, 2023, 72 mins, Documentary, USA, English

6:30PM The Esmeraldas Beach by Patrice Raynal (Ecuador, France)

The Es­meraldas Beach sets out to expose the invisibility of Afro-Ecuadorians and rectify the narrative of the country’s history with the film’s central protagonist, Juan García, who has worked on that project for years. He developed a school book that presents black Ecuadorians prominently since the only Afro-descendants shown in local school books are portrayed next to a marimba and football. The documentary also addresses the 1999 assassination of Afro-Ecuadorian legislator and presidential hopeful, Jaime Hurtado.

Directed by Patrice Raynal, 2020, 58 Minutes, Documentary, Ecuador/France, French, Spanish (with English subtitles)

8:30PM Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story by Preston Chase (Canada)

Mr. Emancipation is the story of Walter L. Perry’s determination to put on a celebration that would transcend divisions of race and class, in spite of racism. He staged an Emancipation Day festival that was where everyone wanted to be like Jesse Owens, Dr. William Borders, Joe Louis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Benjamin Mays, and Mary McLeod Bethune. Future stars of the Motown sound were witnesses and/or talent show acts, all in the celebration of the abolition of slavery. As civil rights activist Dick Gregory said “The largest Juneteenth celebration was not in America, it was in Windsor, Canada.”

Directed by Preston Chase, 2020, 60 mins, Documentary, Canada, English


12PM Sambizanga by Sarah Maldoror (Angola)

This revolutionary bombshell by Sarah Maldoror chronicles the awakening of Angola’s independence movement. Based on a true story, Sambizanga follows a young woman as she makes her way from the outskirts of Luanda toward the city’s center looking for her husband after his arrest by the Portuguese authorities—an incident that will ultimately help to ignite a national uprising. Featuring a cast of nonprofessionals—many of whom were themselves involved in anticolonial resistance—this landmark work of political cinema honors the essential roles of women, as well as the hardships they endure, in the global struggle for liberation.

Directed by Sarah Maldoror, 1973, 102 mins, Drama, Angola, Lingala, Portuguese (with English subtitles)

2PM Shaihu Umar by Adamu Halilu (Nigeria)

Set in northern Nigeria towards the end of the 19th century, Shaihu Umar begins with a discussion between Islamic students and their renowned teacher, the wise man Shaihu Umar. Asked about his origins, Umar begins to tell his story: he comes from a modest background and is separated from his mother after his father dies and his stepfather is banished. His subsequent trials and tribulations are marked by slavery, and he is put to any number of tests until he finally becomes the adopted son of his Arabic master Abdulkarim. He attends Quranic school and is made an imam upon reaching adulthood. Following a particular dream, he resolves to search for his mother.

Directed by Adamu Halilu, 1976, 142 Minutes, Narrative, Nigeria, Hausa (with English subtitles)

4:50PM I heard it Through the Grapevine by Pat Hartley, Dick Fontaine (USA)

James Baldwin retraces his time in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting with his trademark brilliance and insight on the passage of more than two decades. From Selma and Birmingham and Atlanta; to the battleground beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, with Chinua Achebe; and back north for a visit to Newark with Amiri Baraka, Baldwin lays bare the fiction of progress in post–Civil Rights America, wondering “what happened to the children” and those “who did not die, but whose lives were smashed on Freedom Road.”

Directed by Pat Hartley, Dick Fontaine, 1982, 88 mins, Documentary, USA, English

7PM DOUBLE BILL: Fighting for Respect by Joanne Burke (USA)

Fighting for Respect captures the plight of African American soldiers who fought in WWI, receiving the Croix de Guerre military decoration from France, while still fighting discrimination and hatred at home in America.

Directed by Joanne Burke, 2021, 54 Minutes, Documentary, USA, English +

Didn’t We Ramble On by Billy Jackson (USA)

Didn’t We Ramble On is a documentary about the tradition of marching bands in African-American culture. It focuses particularly on the historical roots of marching bands in West African culture and features narration by Dizzy Gillespie.

Directed by Billy Jackson, 1989, 14 mins, Documentary, USA, English