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African Diaspora summer film series











 

Experience 10 days of compelling, provocative films at The 6th Annual African
Diaspora

International Summer Film Series 

FRIDAY, AUGUST
12

6:30PM  Opening Reception, $20

7:30PM  Scheherazade,
Tell me a Story

Talkback following

A surprising,
engrossing and thoughtful film about modern gender politics in Egypt, Scheherazade,
Tell Me a Story is a
sharp observation of Egyptian society, using
the classic Arabian Nights framework of a story within a story.

Directed by
Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt, 2009; 134 mins. In Arabic with English
subtitles

Theatrical
Release! -
Scheherazade
also screening on Mon 8/15, Tue 8/16, Wed 8/17, Thu 8/18 at 7PM

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST
13

3:30PM  Afro-Latino Music -
double feature:

Sons of Benkos

An entertaining
documentary that explores the African culture of Colombia through
music. The film presents the music of the "sons of Benkos,"
the descendants of Benkos, one of the most important Black leaders in
the fight for freedom during the time of slavery in Colombia.

Directed by
Silva Lucas, 2003, Colombia/France
, 52
mins,In Spanish with English subtitles

Susana Baca:
Memoria Viva

Susana Baca is not only a champion in the performance and preservation
of Afro-Peruvian heritage, but also an elegant singer whose shimmering
voice sings of love, loss and life. 

Directed by Mark
Dixon, Peru/Belgium, 2003, 54mins, Spanish with English subtitles

 

6PM  Fire in
Babylon
    

The breathtaking
story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters
through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting
history - the West Indian cricketers.

This is their
story, told in their own words.

Directed by Stevan
Riley, 2009, UK, 87 mins

 

8PM Scheherazade

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST
14

2:00PM  Fire in
Babylon

4:00PM Scheherazade

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST
19

6:00PM  The Love Life of a Zombie, Presidential Candidate

Talkback
following   
 

NY
Premiere       

A
weirdly hilarious and provocative social commentary on Haiti's
corrupted politicians and resilient p opulation,
The
loves of a Zombie, Presidential Candidate
is FESPACO 2011's winner of the Paul Roberson Award
for the Best Diaspora Film.

Directed by
Arnold Antonin, 2009, Haiti
, 90 mins, In Creole
with English subtitles

 

8:00PM
Scheherazade

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST
20

3:30PM David is
Dying   
       

NY Premiere

A young,
successful hedge fund manager has just been told that he is HIV
positive. He is informed of the possibility that his unborn child could
also be infect ed and so too the child's mother, his long-term fiancée,
Carla. a complex thriller by one of the new talented voices of Black
British Cinema.

Directed by
Stephen Lloyd Jackson, 2011, UK, 90 mins

 

5:30PM Directors on
Directing

Talkback following with Woodie King
and Carol Bush

A look at the
development of filmmaking and its contribution to the social and
politica l times form the perspective of Black filmmakers, featuring
candied interviews with Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Robert Townsend, Bill
Duke, Fred Williamson, Melvin Van Peebles and other industry leaders.

Directed by
Jamel Wade, 2009, USA, 100 mins              

 

8:00PM Scheherazade

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST
21

1:00PM Scheherazade

 

3:45PM Bouncing Cats - $20

Film followed by breakdance/hip-hop
performance by Rhapsody James and Reception

 The
inspiring story of one man's at tempt to create a better life for the
children of Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on
b-boy culture and breakdance. This multiple award winning film features
narration by Common and interviews with Mos Def, Will.I.Am, and K'Naan.

Directed by
Nabil Elderkin, 2010, US/Uganda, 75 mins

 

 

 

For
more details and a complete festival schedule, visit our website

www.TheRiversideTheatre.org

 

Scheherazade

 

Sons of Benkos

 

Susana Baca: Memoria Viva

 

Fire in Babylon

 

The Love Life of a Zombie, Presidential Candidate

 

David is Dying

 

Directors on D irecting

 

Bouncing Cats


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