'Ninth Floor'For those in New York City, a screening series celebrating Women’s History Month, courtesy of the African Diaspora International Film Festival, that will highlight women filmmakers, kicking off March 25. Full details follow below.


Women behind the camera are the focus of this month’s African Diaspora International Film Festival film program to be held at Teachers College, Columbia University from Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27, 2016.
The selection is comprised of ten films from Senegal, New Zealand, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Canada, USA and Brazil.
Opening the series is a free program celebrating the anniversary of Senegalese pioneer filmmaker Khady Sylla who was born on March 27, 1963. Khady Sylla’s work still resonates today. She belongs to a group of African female directors whose body of work has tremendously enriched the production of African films in the past 20-30 years.
Highlights of the program include:

*The US Premiere screening of Mina Shum’s film Ninth Floor on the Sir George Williams University riot that took place in 1969. Ninth Floor is a film on a little known chapter in the history of race relations in Montreal, Canada and the struggle against institutional racism in institutions of Higher Education.
*The screening of White Lies by Dana Rotberg and White Like the Moon by Marina Gonzales Palmier, two films that received their US theatrical release two weeks ago to great popular and critical acclaim.  White lies is a women-centered drama set in the Maori community in colonial times New Zealand that explores issues of identity, of self-definition, and looks at the social attitudes towards women. White Like the Moon is about a Mexican-American girl struggles to keep her identity when her mother forces her to bleach her skin.

* The drama Stand Down Soldier by Jeryl Prescott Sales, tells the story of Sergeant Stacy Armstrong who returns home from three deployments suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The film explores some of the issues many returning soldiers confront in their civil life including mental health issues, loneliness, and drug addiction for self-medication. A panel discussion regarding mental health, women and communities of color will follow the film screening.
Other films in the program are Sexy Money by Karin Junger about poor Nigerian women who were prostitutes in Europe and try to make a life for themselves after they are sent back home; Cape Verde, My Love by Ana Lucia Ramos Lisboa a drama that takes a critical look at the dynamic between Cape Verdean men and women; Nelio’s Story that depicts the life of an orphan boy in Mozambique who escapes the civil war; and Abdias Do Nascimento by Aida Marques, about the Afro-Brazilian scholar, writer, activist and politician who was a significant figure in Brazil’s Black Movement.
For more information about the Women’s Month program, visit nyadiff.org

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Support for ADIFF come from ArtMattan Productions; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University; the New York City Council in the Arts, WBAI and Public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street – 263 Macy
Train 1 to 116th Street
Free street parking Saturday and Sunday


Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27, 2016


Friday, March 25
6:30pm – Films by Senegalese Filmmaker, Khady Sylla:
Colobane Express & The Silent Monologue
Saturday, March 26
1pm – Sexy Money
2:45pm – Cape Verde, My Love
4:30pm – Stand Down Soldier + Panel Discussion
7:30pm – Ninth Floor
Sunday, March 27
2pm – Nelio’s Story
4pm – Stories of Colorism
6:30pm – Abdias Do Nascimento


Opening Program Friday, March 25 FREE
Saturday and Sunday screenings: $12/$10
Weekend Pass: $35