ADIFF Presents The Law, Order and People of Color Film Series This Weekend (NYC)
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ADIFF Presents The Law, Order and People of Color Film Series This Weekend (NYC)

nullI’m a day late in posting this, but better late than never. You have today and tomorrow to catch the rest of the scheduled screenings, including films we’ve profiled on this site, like Congo, White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (an eye-opening documentary on the greed, violent colonialism, and genocide brought on by King Leopold II, who raped the Congo of its resources) at 3pm today, and The House I Live In (a documentary on the human rights implications of the war on drugs) at 5pm.

All screenings take place at Teachers College, Columbia University525 W 120th St. – 263 Macy. Tickets are $10 per screening ($8 for students and seniors; free with a valid Teachers College ID). Or you can buy a weekend pass for $30.

You can buy tickets online here.

Screenings continue through tomorrow, Sunday.

Everything you need to know follows below:

Law, Order and People of Color Film SeriesJune 28-30, 2013

The arbitrary use of power has been an effective tool to control the undesirable. In multicultural and multiracial society the use of law and order go hand in hand to repress those who are excluded from the society. The criminalization of poverty, the persecution of specific members of a particular group or organization, the neglect in legal services inflicted on specif groups, etc. All these structures of power clearly indicate the extension to which a society can repress some of its citizens.

At the same time, law and order can also be used by the people to redress wrongs and bring justice to those discriminated against.

To illustrate these realities, the African Diaspora International Film Festival Teachers College Cine-Club presents a series of films on law, order an justice in different parts of the world concerning people of color.

Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 6:00PM



A housemaid, who is sexually abused by her boss and made pregnant, is forced to give up her son in order to continue her education. Six years later, she comes back to claim her son. From Malawi comes this moving story about sexual abuse, women rights and the legal justice system in Malawi.

Directed by C. Shemu Joyah, 2008, 102 min, Malawi, Drama, English 

Saturday, June 29, 2013


This true, astonishing story of what King Leopold II did in the Congo was forgotten for over 50 years. “Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death” describes how King Leopold II of Belgium turned Congo into its private colony between 1885 and 1908. Under his control, Congo became a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold posed as the protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave-traders but, in reality, he carved out an empire based on terror to harvest rubber.

Directed by Peter Bate, 2004, 100 min, Belgium/UK, Documentary, English/French/Dutch w/ English Subtitles


As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs.

Directed by Eugene Jarecki, 2012, 108 min, USA, Documentary, English


Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Exception and the Rule & Photos of Angie @ 3PM


On March 13, 1992, Vicente Francisco do Espirito Santo, a Black Brazilian who worked in a government-owned electricity company, was fired from his job. It did not take long for him to realize that his dismissal was directly linked to his skin color. Encouraged by his union and a strong Black empowerment movement, he began a judicial process which he won, and as a result was reinstated in his former position. This informative documentary about an unknown victory illustrates how the courts of Brazil did recognize the company’s prejudice and racism in a country where such realities are usually dismissed as atypical.

Directed by Joel Zito Araujo, 1997, 38 min, Brazil, Documentary, Portuguese w/ English subtitles


This moving and powerful documentary chronicles the life and murder of Angie Zapata — a transgender teen who was murdered in rural Colorado in 2008. The film includes extensive interviews with her family about her journey of self-discovery, transgender lives across the globe, hate crimes legislation, and the mysterious nature of her killer — all against the backdrop of his trial. The film features a haunting score by Mackenzie Gault of the band The Flobots and a song from L.A.-based, Ozomatli.

Directed by Alan Dominguez, 2010, 55 min, USA, Documentary, English


The story of the struggles for justice by the families of people who have died in police custody. Between 1969 and 1999, over one thousand people died in police custody in England. Not one police officer has ever been convicted for these deaths. Brian Douglas, Joy Gardner, Shiji Lapite and Ibrahima Sey all met violent deaths at the hands of the police. This film documents a five year period when the families of the dead came together to fight for the truth.

Directed by Ken Fero, 2001, 98 min, UK, Documentary, English

WHAT: Law, Order and People of Color

WHEN: June 28-30, 2013

WHERE: Teachers College, Columbia University

525 W 120th St. – 263 Macy

note: ID required to enter bldg. (June 29-30)


6 PM Friday Screening: FREE

Weekend pass $30

General $10 per show.  $8 std/seniors.

All screenings Free with valid TC ID

Buy tickets online here

This series is made possible thanks to the support of the African Diaspora International Film Festival, the Office of the VP for Diversity and Community Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York Cities Department of Cultural Affairs and WBAI.

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