7th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival--Washington, DC

Presented by African Diaspora International Film Festival and TransAfrica

Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18, 2013

Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001


Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 6pm

Washington D.C. Premiere

Q&A with director
Catered reception

African Independence highlights the birth, realization, and problems confronted by the African independence movement.  The story channels the voices of freedom fighters and leaders who achieved independence, liberty and justice for African people. Get a unique glimpse of Africa’s recent history through four watershed events – World War II, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics.

Directed by Tukufu Zuberi, 2013, 120 min, USA/Tanzania/South Africa/Kenya/Georgia, Documentary, English

Watch trailer of African Independence here.


Saturday, August 17 @ 1pm

Skype conversation with filmmaker
Screening sponsored by the Goethe Institute

A powerful film portraying institutionalized racism and police brutality, Otomo provides a convincing look at the everyday world of refugees, who are continuously surrounded by tension and insecurity. In the summer of 1989, a Stuttgart newspaper reported the true story of a West African asylum seeker who physically assaulted an intolerant subway ticket-taker; fled, and became the target of a city-wide manhunt. Otomo is a sober, fictionalized reconstruction of a tale that shocked Stuttgart, and a gripping portrait of how institutionalized racism drives a disempowered individual to violence and inhumanity.

Directed by Frieder Schlaich, 1999, 84 min, Germany, Drama, German with English subtitles

Watch trailer of Otomo here. 


Saturday, August 17 @ 3:30pm

Washington D.C. Premiere

Screening sponsored by Rhythm N’ Dance

Street dance in South Africa is a complex, convoluted underworld; that, like most sub-cultures, exists as a sum of its participants.

In Mapetla, Soweto if you steal phones and hand bags you will not live long. The community will kill you. If you do a heist, they will tell the police you are not there. Prince tells me this as we walk back to Mada’s place from the shisa nyama. (an informal outdoor fire where you can buy some meat to cook and drink a beer.)

Prince is a pantsula. He used to be a tsotsi, a gangster, a thug. Today he walks his streets with pride; he is a pantsula dancer and a little bit famous. Tom London from Soweto’s Finest says, “When we dance we find purpose with our bodies”. Prince, strolling down the dusty street with his fluid movement, a little trouble in his hat and a slight swagger, is perhaps the embodiment of that sentiment.

When he dances on the street corner with Mada; the kids, the tsotsi’s, the mama’s, the unemployed and the hustlers all stop to watch him. I always wonder how it must feel to have that power residing right inside you. No props, no burning hoops – nothing.

Whatever this dance thing is. It is beautiful, part circus/part soul. No matter the context or style. We all ultimately dance for an audience of one.

Directed by Bryan Little, 2012, 89 min, South Africa, Documentary

Watch trailer of The African Cypher here.


Saturday, August 17 @ 6pm
Sunday, August 18 @ 1pm

Washington DC Premiere
Official Selection “Un Certain Regard” section, 2012 Cannes Film Festival

In Moussa Toure’s powerful epic fiction film, a group of 30 men sail to Europe in a pirogue, facing the sea – and the possibility of never reaching their destination – in exchange for the myth of a better life in Europe.

Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via theCanaryIsland, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.

Directed by Moussa Toure, 2012, 87 min, Senegal/France/Germany, Drama, French and Wolof with English subtitles

Wacth trailer of The Pirogue here. 


Saturday, August 17 @ 8pm

Washington D.C. Premiere

Nishan is a young businesswoman who dreams of leaving Ethiopia to seek her fortune abroad. When her father mortgages the house to support her emigration, an unsigned document creates a disastrous domino effect in Desalegn’s thrilling debut. Entangled in a web of deceit and danger, Nishan must navigate through these ordeals to preserve her independence, protect her family, and realize her ambitions for a better life.

Directed by Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn, 2013, 105min, Ethiopia, Drama/Suspense

Watch trailer of Nishan here. 

Sunday, August 18 @ 2:50pm

Screening sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America

A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s historical journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created. Youssou N’Dour is performing the last concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and its victims.

Directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud, 2006, 108 min, Senegal/Switzerland/Luxembourg, Musical Documentary, English with French and English subtitles

Watch trailer of Return to Goree here. 


Sunday, August 18 @ 5pm

TANGO MACBETH – Closing Night
Washington D.C. Premiere

Q&A with director
Catered reception

Tango MacBeth offers a multicultural, multigenerational vision and presentation of the Shakespeare play. This provocative version of Macbeth unfold like a Möbius strip. Moving back and forth, the drama of the play intertwines with the drama of making the film. The film offers an original and imaginative way of bringing a classic to contemporary times.

Directed by Nadine M. Patterson, 2012, 73 min, USA, Drama-Documentary, English

Watch trailer of Tango MacBeth here.

Friday, August 16 @ 6pm Opening Night screening, reception & Q&A for African Independence: $20
Sunday, August 18 @ 5pm  Closing Night screening, reception & Q&A for Tango McBeth: $15
Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18 General admission: $12 per screening; Students and Seniors: $10 per screening
Weekend Pass: $60 Tel: 212.864.1760

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For more information call 202.223.1960 ext. 137 or email info@transafricaforum.org.