FIFDA

PARIS ADIFF 2013 (IN ENGLISH)

Friday September 6, 2013 @ 8pm

OPENING NIGHT
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
European Premiere

Q&A with the directors after the screening

FERMEBEHIND CLOSED DOORS (DERRIERE LES PORTES FERMEES)

Samira is a pretty young woman, a bank employee who is happily married. A new director in her bank begins causing havoc in her married life by sexually harassing her. When she refuses his advances, the director reacts with vicious threats, making her life living hell. Samira finally decides she’s had enough and conceives a smart plan to unmask him.

Directed by Mohamed Bensaouda, 2012, 100 min, Drama, French & Moroccan Arabic with English Subtitles

 

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MonEnfant01MON ENFANT (MY CHILD)
A provocative portrait that aims to reverse the stereotype of the traditional and subjugated Arab mother who devotes herself, body and soul, to her children, who are often ungrateful.

Directed by Meriem Amari, 2012, 6 min, Algeria/France

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 7, 2013 @ 1pm

JACQUES ROMAIN, PASSION FOR A COUNTRY (JACQUES ROUMAIN, PASSION POUR UN PAYS)

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This exploration of Haitian society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries focuses on the tormented life of one of Haiti’s most important authors and prominent political figures, Jacques Roumain. In his perceptive writings, Roumain raised questions about the issues facing Haiti that remain relevant today. Some of Jacques Roumain’s best writings were translated by the legendary African-American poet Langston Hughes. The question is raised: what legacy has Jacques Roumain left for the future of Haitian youth.

Directed by Arnold Antonin, 2008, 111 min, Haiti, Historical Documentary, Creole/French

 

 

Saturday, September 7, 2013 @ 3:30pm

GOLDEN SCARS
France Premiere

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Golden Scars presents an intimate portrait of the realities facing young musicians in Cuba, offering an exclusive look into the unique stories of two young rappers born in Santiago de Cuba. They are neither blood brothers, nor the best friends in the world. What they have in common is a passion for an expressive urban culture that gives voice to their most powerful impulses. Golden Scars immerses us in the embodied rhythms animating these artists.

Directed by Alexandrine Boudreaut-Fournier, 2010, 62 min, Cuba/Canada, Documentary, Spanish

 

 

Saturday, September 7, 2013 @ 5:00pm

LEGENDS OF MADASCAR (LEGENDES DE MADAGASCAR )
France Premiere

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Haminiaina Ratovoarivony writes, directs and edits a spirited road trip story full of nationalist uplift. A thief on the run, a sociology student, an underground reggae DJ and an Indo-Pakistani runaway pack into a Mini-Cooper with an image of Che Guevera painted on the hood. From the capital they drive along a raging orange-colored river to the wild coast, encountering corrupt soldiers and a Japanese geologist preaching the gospel. This entertaining 2012 indie boasts curious scenery and social commentary.

Directed by Haminiaina Ratovoarivony, 2012, 93 min, Madascar, Adventure/Comedy/Drama, Malagasy

 

 

Saturday, September 7, 2013 @ 7:15pm

TANGO MACBETH
European Premiere

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Tango MacBeth offers a multicultural, multigenerational vision and presentation of the Shakespeare play. This provocative version of Macbeth unfolds 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

 

 

 

Saturday, September 7, 2013 @ 9:30pm

LOVE, SEX AND EATING THE BONES

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A sexy urban comedy about how a guy who is addicted to watching pornography discovers love is stronger than fantasy when he meets and falls in love with the girl of his dreams.

Directed by Sudz Sutherland, 2004, 100 min, Canada, Comedy, English

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 8, 2013 @ 2:00pm

ALUKU LIBA: MAROON AGAIN
European Premiere

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Loeti has spent years away from his village in French Guiana, working in extreme conditions. When the army cracks down on illegal gold mining in the Amazon forest, he is forced to flee and must use the skills he learned as a child to survive in the forest. His only hope is to find his way home to his people and reclaim his Maroon past and culture.

Directed by Nicolas Jolliet, 2009, 90 min, Canada/French Guiana/Suriname, Documentary/Drama

 

 

 

Sunday, September 8, 2013 @ 4:00pm
SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Q&A with two of the directors after the screenings

HUMAN BEHAVIOR (LE COMPORTEMENT HUMAIN)

In 1993, death squads opened fire on a group of sleeping street children camped on the steps of a cathedral in Rio de Janeiro’s central financial district, killing six. This event, later called the Candelaria massacre, is vividly depicted in this short film about the plight of street children in Brazil.

Directed by Flavio Leandro, 1995, 12 min, Brazil, Short/Drama, Silent

 

 

 

BUMP
European Premiere

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A man wakes up with an unknown woman in unknown surroundings. He struggles to put the pieces together of the night before, trying to figure out how he met her and who he wants to be.

Directed by Rodney Lee, 2011, 20 min, Drama/Short, USA, English

 

 

 

 

OPEN HEART (A COEUR OUVERT )
World Premiere

Aissa and George, mixed couple, face the realities of their immediate social environment. Martha, George’s mother, has difficulty accepting this relationship and tries by all means to discourage it. Due to a strained relationship with Martha, Aissa seeks refuge with George’s father, Albert. Against all odds, one event will change their destinies.

Directed by Ayekoro Kossou, 2013, 15 min, Short/Drama, France, French

 

UNE COULEUR DE VIE (COLORS OF LIFE)

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Even with his degrees, Bobéro struggles to find work in France. Guardian, an old retired friend, encourages Bobero to return to his native country to contribute to its development rather than to live in poverty in France, where nothing seems to smile. Between tradition and religion, between faith and reason, between administrative requirements and emotional stress, the young man wonders if he should follow the advice by his elder: Return to his native land … to find the wisdom of the ancestors … to no longer be a stranger … not to become a stranger in his own country … to do his duty … ?

Directed by Hurel Regis Beninga, 2013, 32 min, Short/Drama, France, French

 

 

Sunday, September 8, 2013 @ 6:30pm

AFRICAN FILMMAKERS IN EXILE (IMAGINAIRE EN EXIL)
Q&A with the Director after the screening

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Newton Aduaka, John Akomfrah, Haile Gerima, Dani Kouyaté and Jean Odoutan: five major African filmmakers in ‘exile’. This documentary follows their personal and artistic paths from Paris to Washington, from Ouagadougou to London, via Uppsala. Their everyday lives echo with sequences of their films. Through the gazes of these filmmakers, in search of equilibrium between different cultures, masks fall and myths are smashed!

Directed by Daniela Ricci, 2013, 53 min, France, Documentary

 

 

 

Sunday, September 8, 2013 @ 8:30pm

SISTERS IN CINEMA
Closing Night Film
European Premiere
Q&A with the Director after the screening

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Filmmaker Yvonne Welbon examines the phenomenon of Black female directors in American cinema revealing a rich, if sporadic, history. Fascinating, poignant interviews with new and established filmmakers such as: Neema Barnette, Julie Dash, Maya Angelou, Kasi Lemmons and Euzhan Palcy.

Directed by Yvonne Welbon, 2003, 62 min, USA, English

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE

Friday, Sep. 6

SALLE ETOILE LILAS

8pm: Behind Closed Doors by Mohamed Bensaouda (Maroc)
shown with My Child by Meriem Amari (Algeria)
Q&A with the directors after the screening

 

Saturday, Sep. 7 

SALLE LE BRADY

1pm: Jacques Roumain, Passion For a Country by Arnold Antonin (Haïti)

3:30pm : Golden Scars by Alexandrine Boudreaut-Fournier (Cuba)

5pm: Legends of Madagascar by Haminiaina Ratovoarivony (Madagascar)

7:15pm : Tango Macbeth by Nadine Peterson (USA) – Q&A with director

9:30pm: Love, Sex and Eating the Bones by Sudz Sutherland (Canada)

 

Sunday, Sep. 8

SALLE LE BRADY

2pm : Aluku Liba : Maroon Again by Nicolas Jolliet (French Guyana)

4pm : Short Film Program (Brasil, USA, France) – Q&A with directors

SALLE LE COMPTOIR GENERAL

6:30pm : African Filmmakers in Exil by Daniela Ricci  (Italie) – Q&A with director

8:30pm : Closing Night – Sisters in Cinema by Yvonne Welbon (USA) – Q&A with director

 

 

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