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TC African Diaspora Cine-Club & Music and Soul Film Series

TC African Diaspora Cine Club
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - Room 179 Grace Dodge
Train 1 to 116th Street - Walk up four blocks or
Bus M4, M60 or M104 to 120th Street

Photo ID required to enter building

WHAT: FREE screenings and discussions on films from Africa and the African Diaspora. Refreshments will be served.

UPCOMING SCREENING - Friday, March 27, 2009 at 6:00PM


Maluala - directed by Sergio Giral

Director: Harrikrisna Anenden
From: Mauritian Creole with English subtitles
Year: 2006 Minutes: 78
Language: Creole with English subtitles
Genre: drama/comedy

The Cathedral is a lyrical narration set in the beautiful and unusual setting of Port-Louis, capital of Mauritius. Lina, a young woman in search of her identity interacts daily with friends and family in a carefree happy manner that will be challenged when one day her dancing catches the eye of a photographer... The Cathedrale based on a short story by his wife Ananda Devi.

For more information visit NYADFF
Friday, March 27 - Sunday, March 29, 2009
at Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
Fri, March 27 -179 Grace Dodge
Sat, March 28 - The Chapel
Sun, March 29 - 263 Macy Hall

Train 1 to 116th Street - Walk up four blocks
Bus M4, M60 or M104 to 120th Street

Photo ID required to enter building

In 2004, the African Diaspora Film Festival launched its first Music and Soul In the African Diaspora, a selection of films reflecting how Africa has interacted with the world in many different ways, marked the music of many countries and defined the identity of many peoples.

The African Diaspora Film Festival, The Office of the President, Diversity and Community Affairs and the Center for African Education at Teachers College, Columbia University invite you to a second edition of the Music and Soul in the African Diaspora program featuring music films full of rhythm rooted in the African continent. Come discover the joy and spirit of African music from Tunisia, Senegal, Peru, the USA, Brazil, Jamaica and Colombia. Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, Teachers College, Columbia University. All films are in English or with English subtitles.



Friday, March 27
Candombe -

8:30PM in Room 179 Grace Dodge
by Rafael Deugenio, 16mins, 1993, Uruguay, docu-drama in Spanish with English subtitles.

More than two hundred years ago, there was an influx into Uruguay of slaves from Africa whom, after being freed, continued to make up the poorest and most marginalized strata in society. Fernado Nunez, a black man, a musician, and a maker of drums, sees himself as the heir to "Candombe", an important social and cultural legacy from his slave forefathers. The official history and culture of Uruguay, on the other hand, which has never acknowledged this contribution to the degree which it deserves, continues to marginalize expressions of black culture. Fernando Nunez and his friends from the Barrio Sur back street quarter of Montevideo have decided to fight to keep these important cultural roots alive in the consciousness of the Uruguayan people.

Shown with

by Silva Lucas, 52mins, 2003, Colombia, documentary in Spanish with English subtitles.

An entertaining documentary that explores the African culture of Colombia through music. The film presents the music of the Sons of Benkos, one of the most important Black leaders in the fight for freedom during the times of slavery in Colombia. The film also shows the evolution of Afro-Colombian music over time through the fusion of Cuban and contemporary African rhythms with traditional Afro-Colombian music.


Saturday, March 28

made in jamaica
Two Showings at 2:00PM & 8:00PM
in The Chapel

by Jerome Laperouz, 108 mins, 2006, Jamaica/France, documentary in English

Made in Jamaica is a powerful portrait of the leaders of Jamaican music that explores how Reggae has become a worldwide phenomenon. From the crime and violence of the ghetto to political responsibility; from the history of slavery and colonization to the legacy of Bob Marley and the idea of salvation through music; from religion and the Rasta movement to sex, women, and their role in reggae, Made in Jamaica explores the multifaceted reality of Jamaican music through interviews and musical performances with artists like Capleton, Elephant Man, Bunny Wailer, Toots & the Maytals, Bounty Killer, Gregory Isaacs, Tanya Stephens, Beres Hammond, and others. Official Selection Toronto Film Festival 2006 and Cannes Film Festival 2007.
Satruday, March 28

gospel hill
in The Chapel

by Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba, 52mins, 1999, Tunisia, documentary in Arabic and French with English subtitles

Stambali is an annual tribute that the disciples of Sidi Saad pay to their master during an initiatory journey and rite of purification that lasts three days. This Tunisian religious ritual, brought into the country by sub-Saharan Africans, is a healing ceremony led by musicians who are also healers as they enter into a trance to the mesmerizing rhythm of the "gombri" and "chkachek," and incarnate a deity that takes possession of their body. In Stambali, the camera follows the rhythm of the possessions and dances of the healing ceremony as it develops into an individual and collective hypnosis and takes the audience into the trance of the eroticism that is released by this physical and spiritual representation.
Saturday, March 28


in The Chapel

by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud, 108mins, 2006, Senegal/USA/ Luxembourg/Switzerland, doc. in English, French, Wolof with English subt.

After its theatrical release in various cities in the US and Canada Youssou N'Dour: Return to Goree is back by popular demand. This is the journey of the famous Senegalese singer in his quest to humanize through music the story of those who started their journey as slaves. An homage to jazz, and the courage and creativity of those who created this powerful music.


Sunday, March 29
in Room 263 Macy Hall

by Delia Ackerman, 54mins, 2004, Peru, musical documentary Spanish with English subtitles

The stunning dexterity and mastery of famous Afro-Peruvian percussionist Julio "Chocolate" Algendones are on display in this affectionate documentary about the great master. Afro-Peruvian music is rooted in multiples rhythms coming from Africa. Mixing the traditional and the contemporary, from cajón to Jazz, Chocolate composed and played many music styles, taught all over the world and contributed to the creative development of numerous artists including the dance group Peru Negro.

Shown with

by Mark Dixon, 54mins, 2003, Peru/Belgium. musical documentary Spanish with English subtitles

Susana Baca is not only a champion in the performance and preservation of Afro-Peruvian heritage, but also an elegant singer whose shimmering voice sings of love, loss and life. Susana and her husband Ricardo Pereira have founded the Instituto Negrocontinuo "Black Continuum" in Lima, a spirited facility for the exploration, expression, and creation of Black Peruvian culture. While Baca has dedicated herself to researching and performing virtually all forms of Afro-Peruvian folklore, it is the lando that has become her trademark. This slow to mid-tempo, highly evocative mix of Spanish, Indigenous and African rhythms has become what the son is to Cuba, or the samba to Brazil--the lando is the sound of Black Peru.



Sunday, March 29
naked acts
in Room 263 Macy Hall


by Georges Gachot, 82mins, 2005, Brazil/Switzerland, musical documentary in Portuguese with English subtitles

In his captivating film, Georges Gachot invites us to enter the universe of Maria Bethania, the famous Brazilian singer. Narrated by Bethania herself, the film not only gives us an insight into the intimate sphere of Maria Bethania's creative process, but focuses on the history of Brazilian music. First a muse of the so-called counter culture, and then the queen of romantic ballads, Maria Bethania chronicles her musical life experience in relation to Brazilian society's development. In addition to this, filmmaker Gachot gathers together a fantastic ensemble of contributors including Gilberto Gil, Nana Caymmi, Miucha, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso, all of them witnesses and participants to some of the greatest music history of our time.
Sunday, March 29
in Room 263 Macy Hall

by the Wilson Brothers, 90mins, 2002, the USA, documentary in English

"Long A Favorite Among Musical Connoisseurs, MANDRILL's Music Has Shaped Rock And Roll History." ~ The Washington Afro-American "MANDRILL: Musical Maestros" by Kenneth Mallory.

What do rap and hip-hop artists KANYE WEST, BRANDY, BLACK-EYED PEAS, WYCLEF JEAN, MISSY ELLIOT and PUBLIC ENEMY have in common? They are just a few of the many artists who have sampled the legendary Funk/R&B/Jazz/Latin/Rock sensation MANDRILL. As one of the most sampled groups of today, MANDRILL has been introduced to a whole new generation of younger fans who are appreciating, in live concerts, the power and artistry of this band. MANDRILL LIVE AT MONTREUX is the very first "live" presentation of the legendary Funk/R&B/Latin/Jazz/Rock band and features a compendium of MANDRILL's greatest hits with 10 electrifying tracks, unmatched in power and versatility, including such classic hits as "Fencewalk," "Mango Meat," "House of Wood," "Peace and Love" and others.

General Admission: $9.00
Seniors, Children & Students: $7
Teachers College Students, Faculty and Staff:
Free with valid TC ID

Info and tickets: (212) 864-1760

DVDs and VHS of films from Africa and the African Diaspora will be on sale at the theater $20 per DVD/VH; S; $35 for 2 DVD/VHS; $45 for three DVD/VHS and $15 for each additional DVD/VHS.

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Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - Room 179 Grace Dodge
Train 1 to 116th street - walk uptown four blocks
Photo ID required to enter the building

About The African Diaspora Film Festival

The African Diaspora Film Festival (ADFF) is an international film festival devoted to showcasing films depicting the diversity and richness of the global Black experience. ADFF features an eclectic mix of Urban, Classic, Foreign and Independent films including many World and US premieres. The festival showcases seminars with directors and actors demystifying the feature film making process. For more information, please visit

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR ADFF 2009: Nov. 28 to DEC. 14, 2009!

About ArtMattan Productions

ArtMattan Productions is a film distribution company that is dedicated to promoting the cultures of people of color all over the world. ArtMattan Films distributes films that focus on the human experience of people of color in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and Europe.
ArtMattan Productions is the founding sponsor of the African Diaspora Film Festival (ADFF). For more information, please visit

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