Formal Name: African Diaspora International Film Festival / ADIFF

Tag Line:  International Film Festival with a Focus on the Human Experience of People of Color  all Over the World

Launch Date: November 1993

Ownership: African Diaspora Film Festival, Inc. – 501C3 not-for-profit Corporation.

Description: The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is proud of its 22-year history of firsts in presenting, interpreting and educating about films from throughout the world that depict the lives of people from Africa and the African Diaspora. The festival features world and US premieres, recent popular titles, classic movies, foreign and independent releases. Post-screening question-and-answer sessions and panel discussions that include filmmakers, critics, academics, and audiences present the most current discourse on filmmaking in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Timing: The festival begins every year on the last Friday of the month of November during the Thanksgiving weekend and runs for eighteen days. ADIFF 22nd anniversary will be celebrated from Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Location: Various locations in Manhattan, NYC including  The Thalia Cinema at Symphony Space, Quad Cinema, The Cowin Center and Chapel at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Riverside Theater.

Traveling Festivals: ADIFF holds festivals in Chicago in June,  in Washington DC in August, and in Paris, France in September.

ADFF Cine-Club: Since 2003, the African Diaspora Film Festival holds monthly community screenings at Teachers College, Columbia University that are open to the public and have series that vary in theme.

Audience: Since 1993, over half a million people have attended the film festival and its related activities. ADIFF’s media reach was over 15 million people in 2013.


Festival Highlights:

The festival has premiered the following titles:

  • Sankofa, by Haile Gerima
  • Cachao by Andy Garcia
  • Bleeding Hearts by Gregory Hines
  • The Dinner by Bernie Casey
  • Orpheu by Carlos Diegues
  • Kirikou and the Sorceress by Michel Ocelot
  • Funny Valentines by Julie Dash
  • Manderlay by Lars Von Trier
  • Tsotsi by Gavin Hood
  • The following titles signed distribution deals as a result of festival participation:
  • The Keeper by Joe Brewster (USA)
  • Flame by Ingrid Sinclair (Zimbabwe)
  • Bezness by Nouri Bouzid (Tunisia)
  • The Journey of the Lion by Frizt Bauman (Jamaica/Germany)
  • Abolicao by Zozimo Bulbul (Brazil)
  • Who Killed Pixote by Jose Joffily (Brazil)
  • Haramuya by Drissa Toure (Burkina Faso)
  • Black Dju by Pol Cruchten (Cape Verde/Luxembourg)
  • The Draugthmen Clash by Bakupa Kanyinda Balufu (D. R. Congo/Gabon)
  • Thomas Sankara by Bakupa Kanyinda Balufu (D. R. Congo/Gabon)
  • 100% Arabica by Mahmoud Zemmouri (France/Algeria)
  • Kirikou and the Sorceress by Michel Ocelot (France)
  • Otomo by Freider Schlach (Germany)
  • Sia, the Dream of the Python by Dani Kouyate (Burkina Faso)
  • Tattoo Bar by Jo Sol (Spain)
  • The Tracker by Rolf de Heer (Australia)
  • Tasuma, the Fighter by Daniel Kollo Sanou (Burkina Faso)
  • The Other World by Merzak Allouache (Algeria/France)
  • Borders by Mostefa Djadjam (Algeria/France)
  • Denying Brazil by Joel Zito Araujo (Brazil)
  • Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death by Peter Bate (UK/Belgium)
  • Masai: The Rain Warriors by Pascal Plisson (France / Kenya)
  • The following titles signed cable TV deals as a result of festival participation:
  • Le Magique by Ezzedine Fazai (Tunisia)
  • Haramuya by Drissa Toure (Burkina Faso)
  • El Mestizo by Mario Handler (Venezuela)
  • Lotto Land by John Rubino (USA)
  • A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde by Ada G. Griffin (USA)
  • Taafe Fanga by Adama Drabo (Mali)
  • Faraw!Mother of the Dunes by Abdoulaye Ascofare (Mali)
  • Tasuma, the Fighter by Daniel Kollo (Burkina Faso)
  • Gospel Hill (USA)
  • La Playa D.C. (Colombia)
  • The Pirogue (Senegal)
  • Toussaint Louverture (Haiti/France)

Past participants in ADIFF:

  • Gloria Rolando (Oggun)
  • Leslie Harris (Just Another Girl in the IRT)
  • Raoul Peck (Haitian Corner, Lumumba)
  • Joe Brewster (The Keeper)
  • Bernie Casey (The Dinner, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored)
  • Stanley Nelson (The Black Press, Marcus Garvey, The Murder of Emmett Till)
  • Horace Ove (Pressure, Playing Away)
  • Ayoka Chenzira (Zajota & The Boogie Spirit ,Alma’s Rainbow)
  • Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang)
  • Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweeback’s Baadassss Song, A Belly Full)
  • Isaach de Bankole (Otomo, Chocolat)
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Secrets, The Mistress, Moesha)
  • Charles Burnett (Killers of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger, The Annihilation of Fish )
  • Yasmine Guy (A Different World, Kla$h)
  • Roger Guenveur Smith (A Huey P. Newton Story)
  • Eric Ebouaney (Lumumba)
  • Nina Henderson (VP BET)Stanley Crouch, writer
  • Cassandra Wilson, Jazz vocalist
  • Sonia Sanchez, poet activist
  • Warrington Hudlin (Founder, Black Filmmakers Foundation)
  • Delroy Lindo (Wondrous Oblivion, Get Shorty, The Cider House Rules, Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Lynn Whitefield (Redemption, The Josephine Backer Story, White Chocolate)
  • Danny Glover (Manderlay, To Sleep with Anger, Lethal Weapons franchise)
  • Nelson George (Smart Black People)
  • Amiri Baraka aka Leroy Jones, writer and poet
  • Giancarlo Esposito (Gospel Hill)