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Tales of Song, Salvation, & Soul: The African Diaspora International Film Festival


Telling tales of lives, triumphs, and struggles from people of color, The African Diaspora International Film Festival runs from November 25th to December 11, 2022 at venues across the city. Now in its thirtieth year, the ADIFF features narrative films, shorts, documentaries, animated works and much more.

Opening the festival is Woodstock of House, a documentary looking at how over a period of decades house music evolved and persisted, despite mainstream America in the late 1970s trying to suppress it for being too black, too Latin, and too gay.

Angels on Diamond Street is a documentary about three women fighting for social justice in an African American church in Philadelphia. We follow head cook Mamie Mather, former Black Panther Barbara Easley-Cox and Pastor Renee Mackenzie at the soup kitchen of the Church of the Advocate. When ICE agents threaten an undocumented Mexican immigrant family seeking sanctuary, the Pastor makes a stand to protect them.

Get Out Alive is a musical about depression by artist and activist Nikki Lynette. Using storytelling, humor, song, dance, visual art and a DJ, Lynette shows us that even when life leads us to a bad place, we can always make it out alive.

Kirikou and the Sorceress is an underrated animated classic. Recounting the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked.

Sisters in Cinema pays homage to African American women, who against all odds made history. The careers, lives and films of inspirational women filmmakers, such as, Euzhan Palcy, Julie Dash, Darnell Martin, Dianne Houston, Neema Barnette, Cheryl Dunye, Kasi Lemmons and Maya Angelou are showcased within the film.

Now in its 30th year, the ADIFF was established in 1993 and is a Harlem based minority-led not-for profit international film festival that presents, interprets and educates about films that explore the human experience of people of color all over the world in order to inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes and help transform attitudes that perpetuate injustice. To celebrate its anniversary, ADIFF NYC 2022 has expanded its footprint in the city through partnerships with various institutions that will host free community screenings. These include the Schomburg Center in Harlem, the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem and Baruch College

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African Diaspora International Film Festival
November 25 - December 11, 2022

Various locations in NYC


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