The African Diaspora International Film Festival kicked off its second week on Saturday, December 4. Set in New York City, the festival presents the diversity of the Black experience through a wide selection of thought provoking films and documentaries.One hundred and six films make up the festival this year, with 25 US premieres and 39 New York premieres. The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) has partnered with local organizations and businesses to bring stories from around the world to the New York audience. Women, Latinos, dancers, lovers; the 2010 selection has a little bit of something for everyone. “ADIFF is a bridge,” say the Spechs, curators of ADIFF, “between diverse communities looking for works that cannot be found under the same roof in other festivals.” In its last week, the focus is on women. The selection will include films and documentaries about strong and resilient women. The festival runs until December 14 in New York City. Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World / Germany (Director: Annette von Wangenheim) – This documentary reveals Baker as a great artist and as a woman of character, who refused to be just an entertainer. Rather, she used her status to improve the lives of those in need, as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during World War II, and as an activist against racial discrimination. Sheherazade: Tell me a Story / Egypt (Director: Yousry Nasrallah) – Official selection at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, “Sheherazade” focuses on Hebba, an Egyptian TV host. Hebba defies husband and society when she launches a talk show series, giving women a chance to talk about their lives, struggles, and willingness to pay a very high price to fight back against abusive men. Uncommon Woman / Burkina Faso (Director: Dao Abdoulaye) – An African woman retaliates against her cheating husband, by taking a second husband. This comedy puts a fresh twist on marital relationships, in a society where men are entitled to have more than one spouse, but women are not. Hearing Radmilla / USA (Director: Angela Webb) – This is the portrait of Radmilla Coy, the first African American Miss Navajo Nation, who explores her dual identity through music. Working Girl / Antigua (Director: Nigel Trellis) – Lotus White is a brilliant student who overcomes difficult circumstances to achieve her dream: get a college education. Follow the Buzz4Women to the source via www.nyadiff.org
PhotoBuzz: March 1951: American-born cabaret singer Josephine Baker (1906 – 1975) applies makeup with a powder puff in her dressing room before a performance at the Strand Theatre. A Western Union telegram from jazz singer Sophie Tucker is attached to the mirror.
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