ADIFF explores the Afro/Black–Latino Experience


One of the themes that the African Diaspora Film Festival (ADIFF) has systematically brought to the imagination of people over the last 25 years is the Afro/Black–Latino experience. The ADIFF team writes that the Afro/Black Latino experience has been neglected is “very rare in the context of Latin-American cinema.” Among the selections for this year, ADIFF presents screenings of La Playa D.C. (Colombia), Between Two Shores (Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic), Transit Havana (Cuba), Angelica (Puerto Rico), Kafou (Haiti), and the premiere screening of The Invisible Color: Black is More Than a Color (Cuba).

ADIFF is proud to have premiered a Colombian film that marked an important moment in the history of Latin American cinema: La Playa D.C. by Juan Andrés Arango Garcia. Indeed, La Playa D.C. is the first Latino film depicting a black story submitted by a Latin American country to the Oscars in the foreign language film category. The Afro-Brazilian story Black Orpheus – winner of the 32nd Academy Awards in 1960 for Best Foreign Language Film – was a film by Marcel Camus, a French director and was a French production which won the Oscar for France. [. . .]

Rosa Chumbe by Jonatan Relayze – this year’s Peruvian submission to the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category – is the story of an Indigenous woman in modern Lima.  More info HERE.

Little is known about the black Cubans who came to the USA in the last 50 years of conflict between Cuba and the USA. Sergio Giral just completed a film – to have its World Premiere in ADIFF – that gives this group of men and women a voice rarely heard. In The Invisible Color: Black Is More Than A Color, Afro/Black Cubans speak about their human experience as Blacks is America.  The Invisible Color will screen in the AFRO-LATINO PROGRAM with The Valley of the Black Descendants by Richard Salgado, a revealing documentary about a group of Black Chileans who have been in Chile for quite some time with no acknowledgment of their existence and their fight for their official recognition as black people in Chile.

Some Dominicans in their quest for a better life settled on the French island of Guadeloupe. Between Two Shores by Mariette Monpierre is the story of some of those Dominicans – two women – and their family left behind.

Transit Havana by Daniel Abma is the story of a program implemented in Cuba for sexual reassignment surgery. The program is a project launched by Raul Castro’s daughter. In this film, we are exposed to the intricacies of a very male dominated society in which any sexual deviation can reach enormous proportions.

The encore screening of Gurumbe: Afro-Andalusian Memories is crowned by a theatrical release at Cinema Village starting Dec 1 and a special screening of the film at Teachers College with the director and a live Flamenco performance!

Other Afro-Latino Films to screen in ADIFF this year include Adios Momo and La Playa DC, both in the School Program, Angelica from Puerto Rico, Missing from Brazil, and Kafou from Haiti.

Tickets are now available for all these films!  Just click on the links to watch the trailers and get your tickets.

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