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The African Diaspora: From Enslavement to Barack Obama Elected as 44th President

The African Diaspora (1619 - 2008)

From Enslavement to Barack Obama Elected as 44th President

The Black African Diaspora soars in an historic arc from the 1619's departure from Goree of the first enslaved Africans to reach the Americas to the election of Barak Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.The festival films explore the multiple strands of experience, past and present-in 1619, captured black Africans transformed into the enslaved chattel property. The shift from highlighting heroes and heroines of history to everyday folks-people from the experience of enslavement to emancipation and the ongoing struggle against the dogged grip of racism is the focus of the festival.   

Monday, March 16 at 7:30 pm

Adrian Pérez Melgosa is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
at SUNY Stony Brook with a specialization in Contemporary Hispanic Cultural Studies.

With Fellinesque humor and dramatic surprises it chronicles the first steps toward maturity of Abdullio, a ten year old orphan who lives with his earthy grandmother. She urges him to quit his dead-end newspaper selling job and go to school. Unable to read he is fearful of school failure until he is adopted by a colorful carnival group The Illusion Conspiracy and a man who claims to be a newspaper editor challenging Abdullio to learn how to read. The setting for the film is the longest carnival on record. 40 days and nights.
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$9 Members / $12 Public / Includes Bagel Breakfast + Discussion
Tickets can also be purchased at the box office during theatre hours or
by calling Brown Paper Tickets toll free at 1-800-838-3006. No refunds.
USA, 2006, 120 min.

Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30pm
Guest Speaker: American-Jamaican Filmmaker Taagen Swaby.

A short film about Taagen Swaby will also be screened.

Made in Jamaica is a powerful portrait of the leaders of the reggae movement and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon. It's the story of how a small island nation took their pain and turned it into songs that resonate around the world. Reggae is Jamaica's blues: a music of both desperation and hope. Reggae music sprang into life in the 70's. It was the first time that a third world country had made its voice heard on such a large scale. Now a new generation of reggae artists has emerged and its fathers are still in Jamaica. Made in Jamaica recounts the individual stories of these artists who represent the Jamaican Dream.
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Tickets Info Here
$9 Members / $12 Public / Includes Reception
Tickets can also be purchased at the box office during theatre hours or
by calling Brown Paper Tickets toll free at 1-800-838-3006. No refunds.


Tickets can also be purchased at the box office during theatre hours or
by calling Brown Paper Tickets toll free at 1-800-838-3006.
No refunds.

Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Avenue
Huntington, New York

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


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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