The African Diaspora International Film Festival opens Nov. 23 with screenings of dozens of films from around the world, as well as a lineup of themed film programs followed by panel discussions, audience Q&As with filmmakers and other special events. Panel discussion topics include “Who Is Black In America?”, “Law, Justice and Police Brutality” and “Africans and African-Americans, Past and Present.” The festival runs through Dec. 9 — click here for the full schedule. Read on for details about five must-see films screening at this year’s event.
Directed by Dieudo Hamadi
In 2015, Dieudo Hamadi documented the mass demonstrations that broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo after President Joseph Kabila proposed a new electoral law that would allow him to stay in power for a third term. The film focuses on individual stories of three members of the resistance to explore the pros and cons of different forms of political protest.
“A Day for Women”
Directed by Kamla Abu Zeki
Women show up in droves when a new swimming pool opens in a poor neighborhood in Cairo and reserves Sundays for women-only swim. Men from the area protest the policy and a series of events unfold that changes the community forever.
“Black Mexicans / La Negrada”
Directed by Jorge Perez Solano
Jorge Perez Solano’s film looks at the Afro-Mexican community, which makes up a total of 1 percent of Mexico’s population, in towns in the Costa Chica in Oaxaca. The fictional film stars local people from the community.
“The Man Who Mends Women — The Wrath of Hippocrates”
Directed by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman
Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman tell the story of Nobel Peace Prize-winning gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who has dedicated his decades-long career to providing medical and emotional assistance to thousands of women who are victims of sexual violence in his country.
Directed by Jean-Philippe Gaud
Elias, who grew up in a small village in Morocco, was taught how to cook traditional Moroccan cuisine by his grandmother. A meeting with a successful chef from Paris inspires him to move to the city, but he struggles to find work and support himself financially due to his undocumented legal status. Nevertheless, after forming an unexpected friendship, he rediscovers his love of cooking.
Top Image: Still from Jorge Perez Solano's "Black Mexicans / La Negrada."