Welcome to the world of the African Diaspora
International Film Festival (ADIFF). In our
reality, people of diverse origins, nationalities,
orientations and backgrounds come together
to celebrate the world of images and ideas
that depict the human experience of people of
color all over the world.
The international Black communities—whether
in Europe, Latin America or Africa – continue
to play a disproportionately marginal role in
the art of cinema. Further, many creative and
visionary films lay languid, collecting dust
without the light of a screening due to the lack
of distribution structures or movie theaters in
the hands of more sensitive programmers.
Stereotypical images, myths and persistent
bad taste characterize many of the films that
pass for “good movies” in the name of a
“numbers” game that determines whose world
will get to be shown and whose won’t.
By placing the spotlight on innovative films
that otherwise would be ignored, ADIFF has
created a privileged platform for many of
these films. The list of titles that have found
a distribution deal thanks to their participation
in the festival is long and still growing.
We thank filmmakers, ADIFF’s old and new
family of cinephiles, the theaters, ADIFF’s
former and current staff and all those who,
against all odds, have helped us for the last
nineteen years in our mission to enhance the
cultural DNA of New York City and beyond.