08/12/11 through 08/21/11

The Riverside Theatre inside the Riverside Church

91 Claremont ave. Main Floor Map


$8, $10, $20

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6:30PM Opening Reception followed by film- Price $20. 7:30PM Scheherazade, Tell me a Story. Talkback after the screening. Directed by Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt, 2009; 134 mins. In Arabic with English subtitles A surprising, engrossing and thoughtful film about modern gender politics in Egypt, Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story is a sharp observation of Egyptian society, using the classic Arabian Nights framework of a story within a story.

Scheherazade, Tell me a Story will also screen the following dates -

Sat 8/13 @ 8pm;

Sun 8/14 @ 4pm;

Mon 8/15 @ 7pm;

Tue 8/16 @ 7pm;

Wed 8/17 @ 7pm;

Thu 8/18 @ 7pm;

Fri 8/19 @ 8pm;

Sat 8/20 @ 8pm;

Sun 8/21 @ 1pm. SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 3:30PM Afro-Latino Music – double feature: Sons of Benkos 2003, Colombia/France, 52 mins An entertaining documentary that explores the African culture of Colombia through music. The film presents the music of the "sons of Benkos," the descendants of Benkos, one of the most important Black leaders in the fight for freedom during the time of slavery in Colombia.

Susana Baca: Memoria Viva Directed by Mark Dixon, 2003, Peru/Belgium, 54mins, in Spanish with English subtitles Susana Baca is not only a champion in the performance and preservation of Afro-Peruvian heritage, but also an elegant singer whose shimmering voice sings of love, loss and life.

xxxxxxxxxxx SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 6:00 PM Fire in Babylon Directed by Stevan Riley, 2009, UK, 87 mins The breathtaking story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history - the West Indian cricketers. This is their story, told in their own words.

Fire in Babylon will also screen on Sun, Aug 14 @ 2:00pm

xxxxxxxxxxx FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 6:00 PM The Loves of a Zombie, Presidential Candidate NY Premiere Talk Back after the screening Directed by Arnold Antonin, 2009, Haiti, 90 mins, In Creole with English subtitles -.A weirdly hilarious and provocative social commentary on Haiti’s corrupted politicians and resilient population, The loves of a Zombie, Presidential Candidate is FESPACO 2011’s winner of the Paul Roberson Award for the Best Diaspora Film.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 3:30PM David is Dying NY Premiere Directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson, 2011, UK, 90 mins. David is Dying is a multidimensional story of a man torn between love and sex in contemporary London. A young, successful hedge fund manager has just been told that he is HIV positive. He is informed of the possibility that his unborn child could also be infected and so too the child’s mother, his long-term fiancée, Carla. Winner "Best Director" & "Best Actor" at the American Black Film Festival 2011. Talk Back after the screening with Director.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 5:30PM Directors on Directing Directed by Jamel Wade, 2009, USA, 100 mins A look at the development of filmmaking and its contribution to the social and political times form the perspective of Black filmmakers, featuring candid interviews with Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Robert Townsend, Bill Duke, Fred Williamson, Melvin Van Peebles and other industry leaders. Panel discussion after the screening with Woodie King, Jr. and Carol Bush.


Sunday, August 21 3:45PM Bouncing Cats - Price $20 Directed by Nabil Elderkin, 2010, US/Uganda, 75 mins The inspiring story of one man's attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdance. This multiple award winning film features narration by Common and interviews with Mos Def, Will.I.Am, and K'Naan. Film followed by breakdance/hip-hop performance by Rhapsody James and reception.

LOCATION: The Riverside Theatre inside the Riverside Church 91 Claremont Ave, main floor, New York, NY 10027 Tell: 212.870.6784

TICKETS: $20 for Opening and Closing Event; $10 General Admission; $8 for Students and seniors

3 Ways to Purchase Tickets:

In Person: 91 Claremont Ave, main floor By Train - #1 to 116th & Columbia Univ. By Bus - M4, M104, M60 to 120th & Broadway

Box Office Hours Thursday-Saturday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Online: Please go to the event you’re interested in and click “Buy Tickets”

By Phone: 212.870.6784 212 864 1760

DVDs of films from Africa and the African Diaspora will be on sale at the venue. $15 per DVD; $25 for 2 DVD; $35 for three DVD and $10 for each additional DVD. (please note we accept cash only.)

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