African Diaspora International Film Festival touts its Caribbean connections

CARIBBEAT: African Diaspora International Film Festival touts its Caribbean connections

A report by Jared McCallister for The New York Daily News.

The Caribbean definitely has its place in the 2018 African Diaspora International Film Festival, which features “They Had a Dream” and other film works with connections to the region.

The festival runs through Dec. 9, with screenings at various locations.

The “They Had a Dream” TV miniseries (originally titled “Le Rêve Français”) — about realities of the 1960s French initiative to get residents of the French West Indies to “escape poverty” and find economic relief in Europe — can be seen Sunday 11.15 at 4 p.m. in the Milbank Chapel at Columbia University’s Teachers College, 525 W 120th St.

The festival’s Windrush Program — named for the Windrush immigration movement that brought many Caribbean residents to the United Kingdom — features films such as Barbados-born director Menelik Shabazz’s two offerings: “Time and Judgment,” an extensive look at the African Liberation Movement on the continent and in the Caribbean, with references to Maurice Bishop of Grenada, Walter Rodney of Guyana, Kwame Ture (Stokley Carmichael), Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey of Jamaica; and “The Story of Lover’s Rock, documenting the creation and evolution of the reggae music popular sub genre.

There are 61 films from 40 countries in the festival. For information and a complete lineup of films, visit www.nyadiff.org.

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