The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is celebrating its 20th New York edition this week. The film festival

runs from this Friday, Nov. 23 to Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 and will showcase 54 films from 30 countries.

We’re upp

er excited to check out this year’s selections. Here are 5 reasons we’re excited about it:

 

 

Dr. Bello (Nigeria/ USA)
A long-awaited-yet-obviously-necessary meeting of Hollywood and Nollywood has finally arrived with the film Dr. Bello. The film – which pairs African-American actress Isaiah Washington and Vivica Fox with Nollywood heavyweights like Genevieve Nnaji – tells the story of cancer specialist, Dr. Michael Durant (Washington), who tries to save a young patient by seeking the help of an uncertified Nigerian doctor — Dr. Bello — an immigrant living in Brooklyn. Soon, Dr. Durant finds himself in Nigeria searching for a secret elixir that can help cure his friend Dr. Bello.
Premieres: Fri, Nov. 23 @ 7:30PM Watch the trailer

 

 

Toussaint L’ouverture (Haiti)
This two-part action-packed drama, tells the story (finally!) of the life of the Haitian leader Toussaint L’ouverture who led the first successful slave revolt in world history, defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and winning independence from France.
Premieres: Saturday, December 1 @ 5PM Watch the trailer

 

 

Spotlight on Namibia (Namibia)
Excuse our ignorance but we rarely ever hear about films coming out of Namibia, so the thought of an evening spent watching 4 short films from the country’s emerging filmmakers, sounds uh-mazing!
Premieres: Tuesday, December 4 @ 7PM Watch the “Dead River” trailer

 

 

Hopeville (South Africa)
Set in a small town in South Africa, Hopeville tells the story of Amos, a reformed alcoholic looking for personal redemption and looking to forge a

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relationship with his son Themba and a new community in the after both move into a dusty town and discover a community with a long history of hate, corruption, fear and apathy.
Premieres: Sat, Nov. 24 @ 2PM Watch the trailer

 

 

Guerilla Grannies (Mozambique)
Former Mozambican guerillas – now grannies – talk about their lives during the war for liberation.
Premieres: Fri, Nov. 30 @ 6PM Watch the trailer

For more inf about the film festival, click here.

 

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