Caribbean cinema at the 30th International African Diaspora Film Festival


From Friday 25 November to Sunday 11 December 2022

NEW YORK, NY – The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will celebrate its 30th anniversary from November 25 to December 11 with 89 stories and documentaries from 44 countries that will be presented in seven different locations in Manhattan.

To celebrate its anniversary, ADIFF NYC 2022 has expanded its footprint in the city through partnerships with various institutions that will host FREE ADIFF COMMUNITY SCREENINGS. These include the Schomburg Center in Harlem, the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, and Baruch College.

As always, ADIFF NYC 2022 brings you a mix of thought-provoking and entertaining comedies, dramas, romantic stories and documentaries from major film festivals – including Berlinale, Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, FESPACO and Durban – as well as films American and international independent actors. filmmakers.

The Caribbean region is well represented in ADIFF 2022 with a selection of films featuring stories from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Suriname, Barbados, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Two strengths of the selection are the Great Men of the Caribbean and Spotlight on Jamaica programs. Both programs feature men and women of historic resonance who have impacted their nation’s politics, culture and social development, including Paul Boggle and Imogene “Queenie” Kennedy (Jamaica), Errol Barrow (Barbados) and Norman McNeil (T&T).

Christian Lara, originally from Guadeloupe, has developed a body of work associated with that of the great authors of the region such as Raoul Peck, Sergio Giral, Euzhan Palcy, Felix de Rooy and Horace Ove, among others. Mr. Lara’s movie, Yafa, forgiveness is a drama that explores the social and economic dynamics at work in the relationship forged during one night in Paris between a French West Indian cop and a West African refugee seeking asylum in France. The film is a remarkable work on memory and contemporary history that endures long after the end of the screening.

Surinamese actress Romana Vrede has developed a successful career in the Netherlands. His performance in daddy’s song and I don’t want to dance exposing viewers to the high quality of his art. Ms. Vrede will attend the festival to take part in a Q&A and talk about her black acting career in Europe during a panel with other African-European actors.

Two countries on the same island, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, share a still turbulent past of conflict. Dominican filmmaker Juan A. Zapata tells a story of immigration and neo-colonialism by exploring the human experience of Haitians working on the sugar cane plantations in the Dominican Republic. His film Sugar Cane Mischief is a very important document on the history of the region.

Zepon de la Martinique is a beautiful cultural comedy which will be the subject of a Gala screening in the presence of its director Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque with the kind authorization of the Direction du Tourisme Maritime. Other films in the selection include Kafe Negro, Cuba and the Haitian Revolution by Mario Delatour and The Mali-Cuba connection by Edouard Salier and Richard Minier.

For more information on the 30th Annual International African Diaspora Film Festival, please email [email protected] Festival website:, Facebook and twitter is @nyadiff, Instagram: ny_adiff

The International African Diaspora Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


WHAT: 30e Annual International African Diaspora Film Festival

WHEN: November 25 to December 11, 2022


  • * MILBANK CHAPEL, COLLEGE OF TEACHERS, CPU – 525W 120th street- 125 Zankel & 177GD/179GD
  • *COWIN CENTER, COLLEGE OF TEACHERS, CU – Entrance between 120th and 121st street. On Broadway
  • * VILLAGE CINEMA 22 E 12th St (between 5th Ave. and University Place)
  • * SCHOMBURG CENTER – 515 Malcolm X Blvd at 135th
  • * HARLEM BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB – 521 W 145th St
  • * BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – Engelman Recital Hall – 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
  • * THALIA CINEMA – 2537 Broadway at 95e street

TICKETS: From $0 to $30 depending on the screening/event.

10 SPECIAL EVENTS: Opening, galas, closing, special presentations


  • PRESENTATION: Leveraging the law to finance, make and distribute your film
  • ROUND TABLE “Portraits of women leaders of African descent”
  • Meet DeShuna Elisa Spencer, Founder and CEO of KweliTV
  • PANEL DISCUSSION “Black actors in European cinema”
  • MASTER CLASS with Byron Hurt, Hazing Director
  • ROUND TABLE “Afro-Brazilian Cinema”

Course of Study ; Afro-European Actors Program; Spotlight on Afro-Brazilian cinema; Cuba and the World Program; Caribbean Great Men Program; Gnawa music program; Jamaica Spotlight program; Free community screenings; Audience Award for Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color 2,022 admissions; People’s Choice Award for Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color Retrospective of Past Winners.


  • sydney – Cinema Village
  • Adullam Cave – Center of Schomburg
  • She had a dream – Center of Schomburg
  • The Daphne Project – Center of Schomburg
  • Women Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement Program: Fanny Lou Hamer and Ella Baker – Center Schomburg
  • Badddd Sonia Sanchez – Baruch Performing Arts Center
  • Afro-Latino music program with Son of Benkos & Susana Baca, Memoria Viva – Boys and Girls Club of Harlem

Algeria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guadeloupe, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Martinique, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States United, Zambia.



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