RETURN TO GOREE
"Conversations full of memorable words and what can only be called 'genuineness' push Youssou N'Dour: Return to Goré into the realm of unforgettable filmmaking."
- Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Trace[s] influences and celebrate[s]
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Starring Youssou N'Dour, the Senegalese singer now Minister of Culture in Senegal, Return to Gorée is a moving testimony of the power of music to create dialogue and celebrate life. In Return to Gorée, Youssou N'Dour tours the USA and Europe recruiting outstanding musicians to adapt his own song to jazz arrangements in preparation for a concert on the Gorée Island given to celebrate the creativity of Africans in the New World and the music they created against all odds, jazz.
2007. Pierre-Yves Borgeaud. 108 mins. Switzerland/
THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK
"You can add The Story of Lovers Rock to the short list of must-see, politically-
- Kam Williams , AALBC.com
This is first and foremost a film about Black Social Dance. The US parallel would be the "slow-dance,"
Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as 'scrubbing'-
2011, Menelik Shabazz. 96mins. UK. Color, Released by ArtMattan Films
FILLING THE GAP
"The response from the local community was exceptional. Audience members at our event and at an event hosted at the Stockton San Joaquin Public Library asked repeatedly, "where can we get a copy of the film?" - Greg Rohlf, Chair, Department of History, Pacific University
Filling The Gap highlights the contributions of African immigrants and African-Americans to U.S. History prior to the Civil War. Conceived as an effort to alter the way African-American children see themselves and their ancestors, this docu-drama highlights the inventive and inspired contributions of little-known Americans of African descent and their incredible creativity in the 1840s, the period leading to the Civil War in American history.
2010, Tyrone Young, 83 min, USA, Docu-Drama, Released by ArtMattan Films
46 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10026
SHOWTIMES April 19 to April 25
1 pm Filling the Gap
3 pm The Story of Lovers Rock
5 pm Return to Goree
7:15 pm The Story of Lovers Rock
9:15 pm Return to Goree
$13 general admission
FOR TICKETS CLICK HERE: www.NYADIFF.org
DVDs of films from Africa and the African Diaspora will be on sale at the theater.