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MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA – NYADIFF 2017

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South Africa  | 2011 | 90 minutes | English | Mika Kaurismäki   Miriam Makeba was one of the first African musicians who won international stardom and whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots. Miriam Makeba was forced into exile in 1959. She sang for John F. Kennedy, performed with Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone, was married […]

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The Giant is Falling – NYADIFF 2017

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South Africa | 2017 | 83 minutes | English | Rehad Desai and Jabulani Mzozo The Giant is Falling takes us through the big political events of recent years that signify the dying days of the ANC in South Africa. Locating the moment when things fell apart as the Marikana Massacre, the film charts the various ways people have collectively responded to […]

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The Last Revolutionary – NYADIFF 2017

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 USA | 2017 | 75 minutes | English | Michael Brewer Mac Perkins is in his Los Angeles throwback hideout, plotting to stop an attack from the far right and racist groups around the country. When his old ex-revolutionary buddy Jack Armstrong, whom he has not seen in several years, finds him, Jack challenges Mac’s political stance and his notion that there […]

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Foreign Body – NYADIFF 2017

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France, Tunisia | 2016 | 92 minutes | Arabic and French with English subtitles | Raja Amari After a dangerous passage from Tunisia, Samia finds refuge at her old friend Imed’s (Salim Kechiouche, Blue is the Warmest Color) apartment in Lyon. Hungry for independence, she finds work with wealthy Mrs Bertaud (Hiam Abbas, Insyriated). As an attraction develops between the two women, the […]

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Barrow: Freedom Fighter – NYADIFF 2017

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Barbados | 2016 | 74 minutes | English | Marcia Weekes “What does it profit a man to be Prime Minister of Barbados or of the West Indies? What does it mean? It means nothing if you lose your soul and achieve those objectives.” – Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow The Errol Barrow docudrama, BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER, is a passionate story about […]

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Woven – NYADIFF 2017

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 US | 2017 | 96 minutes | English | Salome Mulugeta and Nagwa Ibrahim Attempting to integrate her mother’s traditions with her own dreams, Ethiopian-born Elenie Tariku’s life is destroyed when a mysterious crime in New York takes the life of her only brother. As Elenie searches for the truth behind his death, her life intertwines with an intriguing man whose own […]

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N.G.O. – Nothing Going On – NYADIFF 2017

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 Uganda | 2016 | 83 minutes | English | Arnold Aganze Zizuke and Tevo have lost confidence in their dreams until Tevo meets Elisabeth, the long-awaited American tourist. He makes her believe he has an N.G.O that helps the women and girls of Masese. From there, the two friends will be drawn into a string of lies that will bring them money … […]

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Horace Tapscott Musical Griot – NYADIFF 2017

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 USA | 2017 | 72 minutes | English | Barbara McCullough An insightful testament to the life of the late Horace Tapscott- piano genius and mentor to three generations of young jazz musicians. He was a griot (storyteller) who in West African societies maintains the legacy, knowledge, and history of their group traditions. From his boyhood arrival to Los Angeles from Texas […]

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Never Came Back – NYADIFF 2017

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 USA | 2017 | 82 minutes | English | Jeremiah Jahi A carefully observed debut, shot in bleary, melancholy black and white, Never Came Back chronicles the return of a long absent patriarch to the arms of his ambivalent family after a period of twenty-five years. This timely, emotionally resonant narrative feature grapples with the lasting repercussions of incarceration on the African-American consciousness. SHOWTIMES […]

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Rosa Chumbe – NYADIFF 2017

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Peru | 2015 | 75 minutes | Spanish with English subtitles | Jonatan Relayze Peru’s 2018 official foreign language Oscar submission! Rosa is a mature police officer with both a gambling and a drinking problem. She lives with her daughter Sheila, who has a little baby. One day, after a big fight between them, Sheila steals her mother’s savings and storms out […]

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