ADIFF CHICAGO 2013
11th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival – Chicago
June 13-June 20, 2013
Alliance Francaise Chicago and Facets Multimedia
SPECIAL SCREENING – THURSDAY, JUNE 13
810 North Dearbon Street
6:30pm THE PIROGUE
With a glass of wine
In Moussa Toure’s powerful epic fiction film, Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job. Leading a group of 30 men and a woman who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe. Directed byMassa Toure, 2012, 87 min, Senegal/France/Germany, Drama, French and Wolof with English subtitles
FACETS CINEMATHEQUE – JUNE 14 to JUNE 20
FRIDAY, JUNE 14
Sponsored by the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University
6:30pm to 7:30pm reception
7:30pm African Independence – Q&A with Director after screening
AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE -Chicago Premiere
African Independence highlights the birth, realization, and problems confronted by the African independence movement. The story channels the voices of freedom fighters and leaders who achieved independence, liberty and justice for African people. Get a unique glimpse of Africa’s recent history through four watershed events – World War II, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics.
Directed by Tukufu Zuberi, 2013, 120 min, USA/Tanzania/South Africa/Kenya/Georgia, Documentary, English
Second screening TUESDAY, JUNE 18 @ 6PM
SATURDAY JUNE 15 @ 2 pm Hill and Gully – Chicago Premiere
HILL AND GULLY
Hill and Gully is an urban Cinderella story, set during 2008, the historic election year of Barack Obama. With palpable ‘Change’ in the air, love pursues an unhappy single mother, and her dysfunctional family who become transformed through the efforts of a psychiatrist who challenges them to speak their secret wishes and to take a chance on opening their hearts to their deepest dreams.
Directed by Patrice Johnson Chevannes, 2011, 113 min, USA, Drama, English
SATURDAY JUNE 15 @ 4:30pm Here we Drown Algerians – Chicago Premiere
HERE WE DROWN, ALGERIANS
In response to the call of the National Liberation Front, thousands of Algerians marched on October 17, 1961 to protest against the curfew imposed on them. The brutal repression they confronted is recounted in detail in this documentary, which reveals one of the painful pages of the Algerian war for independence.
Directed by Yasmina Adi, 2011, 90 min, France, Documentary, French with English subtitles
SATURDAY JUNE 15 @ 6:20pm Return to Gorée
RETURN TO GOREE
A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s historical journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created. Youssou N’Dour is performing the last concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and its victims.
Directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud, 2006, 108 min, Senegal/Switzerland/Luxembourg, Musical Documentary, English with French and English subtitles
Special screening of Chicago Premiere MAESTRO ISSA SAIEH and reception
Sponsored by the DuSable Heritage Association and the the Quebec Government Office – Chicago
SATURDAY JUNE 15 @ 7:30pm to 9pm Reception
9 pm Maestro Issa Saieh – Chicago Premiere
MAESTRO ISSA SAIEH
This musical documentary traces Maestro Issa’s contributions to the music scene in Haiti between 1942 and 1959. Issa El Saieh created a musical revolution in Haiti by introducing Jazz and Cuban music to the island after returning there in 1940. Band leader in the Cabane Choucoune and in the Casino, he was also instrumental in discovering local talents.
Directed by Frantz Voltaire, 2010, 59min, Canada/Quebec, documentary in English and French/Creole with English subtitles
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 @ 2 pm Seasons of a Life – Chicago Premiere
SEASONS OF A LIFE
A housemaid, who is sexually abused by her boss and made pregnant, is forced to give up her son in order to continue her education. Six years later, she comes back to claim her son. From Malawi comes this moving story about sexual abuse, women rights and the legal justice system in Malawi.
Directed by C. Shemu Joyah, 2008, 102 min, Malawi, Drama, English
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 @ 4pm Legends of Madagascar – Q&A - Chicago Premiere
LEGENDS OF MADAGASCAR (MALAGASY MANKANY)
When Jimi’s father suddenly becomes ill and nears death in his home village, he embarks with two of his best friends on a journey of a lifetime when they leave the capital of Madagascar for the deep countryside to bring assistance to his family. Along the way, they pick up Charu, a beautiful and mysterious Indo-pakistani teen who puts their friendship in jeopardy. On the road trip, the quartet encounters off the wall characters that embody the spirit of the island of Madagascar. As the coming of age journey unfolds with an unexpected outcome, the three friends stand at the very edge of their future, which brings them not only face to face with their own fate but the future of their country.
Directed by Haminiaina Ratovoarivony, 2012, 93 min, Madascar, Adventure/Comedy/Drama, Malagasy
Second screening TUESDAY, JUNE 18 @ 8:30PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
Special screening of Chicago Premiere OBJECTION 6 and THE PIROGUE and reception
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland – Chicago
6:30pm Objection 6 & The Pirogue – Chicago Premiere
OBJECTION VI (Einspruch VI)
The story of a deportation that ended with the tragic death of an asylum seeker in March 2010. In the film, the camera itself is the asylum seeker, and what it captures is a subjective view of reality. Show with The Pirogue.
Directed by Rolando Colla, 2012, 17 min, Switzerland, Short/Drama, Swiss and German. Winner
In Moussa Toure’s powerful epic fiction film, Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job. Leading a group of 30 men and a woman who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.
Directed byMassa Toure, 2012, 87 min, Senegal/France/Germany, Drama, French and Wolof with English subtitles
Also screens on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 @ 6:00pm
MONDAY, JUNE 17 @ 6:30pm Aluku Liba, Maroon Again – Chicago Premiere
ALUKU LIBA, MAROON AGAIN
Loeti has spent years away from his village in French Guiana, working in extreme conditions. When the army cracks down on illegal gold mining in the Amazon forest, he is forced to flee and must use the skills he learned as a child to survive in the forest. His only hope is to find his way home to his people and reclaim his Maroon past and culture.
Directed by Nicolas Jolliet, 2009, 90 min, Canada/French Guiana/Suriname, Documentary/Drama
MONDAY, JUNE 17 @ 8:30pm Borders
Six men and a woman set out on the hazardous journey from Senegal to Morocco in a bid to slip illegally into Europe to escape from the poverty and internecine warfare of Africa. All are lured by the promise of a better life, but the challenges are numerous.
Directed by Mostefa Djadjam, 2002, 102 min, France/Algeria, Drama, French with English subtitles
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19@ 8:30pm Tango McBeth – Chicago Premiere
Tango MacBeth offers a multicultural, multigenerational vision and presentation of the Shakespeare play. This provocative version of Macbeth unfolds like a Möbius strip. Moving back and forth, the drama of the play intertwines with the drama of making the film. The film offers an original and imaginative way of bringing a classic to contemporary times.
Directed by Nadine M. Patterson, 2012, 73 min, USA, Drama-Documentary, English.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20 @ 6:30pm Mestizo
The action takes place in a village on the Venezuelan coast, a place of fishermen and big haciendas. Jose Ramon, son of a white aristocrat and a humble black fisher-women, is trying to define his own identity while dealing with social and sexual conflicts, power, culture, the law, and the impossible relationship he has with both his parents. Based on the novel El Mestizo Jose Vargas by Guillermo Meneses.
Directed by Mario Handler, 1989, 82 min, Venezuela, Drama, Spanish with English subtitles
THURSDAY, JUNE 20 @ 8:30pm Nelio’s Story
Nélio, a little African boy who loses his family in the civil war in Mozambique, is taken to a training camp for boy soldiers. He manages to escape and reaches the capital after a long run. There he becomes the leader of a group of street urchins, who gradually come to believe that he can cure diseases and raise the dead. His reputation grows and people come to him for help. But the war catches up with him. Based on the novel Chronicler of the Winds by Henning Mankell.
Directed by Solveig Nordlund, 1997, 92 min, Sweden, Drama, Portuguese/Mozambican with English subtitles
The 11th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival-Chicago is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following institutions: Facets Cinemateque, ArtMattan Productions, The Alliance Française de Chicago, the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University, The Dusable Heritage Association; the Quebec Government Office – Chicago and the Consulate General of Switzerland – Chicago.
WHAT 11th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival – Chicago
WHEN: June 13-June 20, 2013
WHERE: Alliance Française Chicago and Facets Multimedia
The Alliance Française de Chicago is located at 810 North Dearbon Street. The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For a full schedule and to order advance tickets online please call 773-281-4114 or 212-864-1760 or visit http://www.facets.org or http://www.NYADIFF.org. Tickets are $7 on Thursday, June 13 at the French Institute/Alliance Francaise, $15 for Opening Night at Facets Cinémathèque and $9 general admission at Facets Cinémathèque.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
Special screening - Thursday, June 13
6:30pm The Pirogue
Friday, June 14
6:30pm to 7:30pm reception
7:30pm African Independence – Q&A with Director after screening
Saturday, June 15
2 pm Hill and Gully
4:30pm Here we Drown Algerians
6:20pm Return to Goree
7:30pm to 9pm Reception
9 pm Maestro Issa Saieh
Sunday, June 16
2 pm Seasons of a Life
4pm Legends of Madagascar – Q&A
6:30pm Objection 6 & The Pirogue
Monday, June 17
6:30pm Aluku Liba, Maroon Again
Tuesday, June 18
6:00pm African Independence
8:30pm Legends of Madagascar – Q&A
Wednesday, June 19
6:00pm Objection 6 & The Pirogue
8:30pm Tango McBeth
Thursday, June 20
8:30pm Nelio’s Story