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Film Festival to Showcase Work of Diverse Group of Women Filmmakers, Oct. 16-17

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Honors Hurricane Katrina Survivors with Free Screening of Spike Lee’s “If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise”


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 780-4137

Brooklyn, N.Y. — An exciting and diverse selection of more than 20 films produced, directed or written by women of color across the globe will be featured during the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus this month.

Among the films to be showcased during the 13th annual Reel Sisters on October 16 and 17 are “A Kindness,” a short, silent film of a homeless man’s search for one kind soul directed by Joyce P. Fields’; “Addicted,” a Deatra Harris-directed comedy about a woman addicted to hair weaves; and director Ivana Todotovic’s “A Harlem Mother,” a powerful short documentary about a mother’s fight to end gun violence in her community after her son’s life is lost in a brutal shooting.

The festival will offer special screenings by youth filmmakers and a workshop for educators wishing to utilize film in the classroom. Rhonda L. Haynes, producer, director, writer and cinematographer of “Bringin’ in Da Spirit,” a provocative documentary on African-American midwives, is the curator of this year’s festival.

The two-day festival, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Campus’s Media Arts Department and African Voices magazine, will be held at the Campus’ Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 16, at 1 p.m., and Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m. Kumble Theater is located on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn.

Thanks to 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks and HBO, Kumble Theater will host a special free screening of Spike Lee’s “If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise” on October 16, at 9:35 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP at (347) 534-3304 or

For a full schedule of events and movies, visit or; or call (718) 488-1624 or (212) 865-2982. Tickets: A two-day pass is $25. Regular admission for a one-day pass is $15. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups.

Among the highlights of the festival:

If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise. Director: Spike Lee. Spike Lee goes to New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina. More than 300 people share their stories of
reconstructing unraveled lives with Lee, including the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, historian Douglas Brinkley and actors Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. 

Mountains That Take Wing - Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation. Director/Producer: C. A. Griffith and H. L. T. Quan. Film features conversations that span 13 years between two formidable women whose lives and political work remain at the epicenter of the most important civil rights struggles in the U.S. Through the intimacy and depth of conversations, we learn about Davis, an internationally renowned scholar-activist, and 88-year-old Kochiyama, a revered grassroots community activist, who both share their experiences as political prisoners.

A Kindness. Director: Joyce P. Fields. A homeless man searches for one kind soul, and when he finds that person, the reward is unbelievable.

Little Brother. Directors: Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett. Beginning in Camden, N.J., the traveling series of short documentary films known as Little Brother will take an annual look at African-American children in various urban environments.

Silence 2: Black Male Sexuality. Director: Mya B. The director visits local barbershops to listen in on discussions about sexual conquests.

A Harlem Mother. Director: Ivana Todorovic. In 1998, 18-year-old Latraun Parker made a documentary about growing up in Harlem. Eight years later he was shot dead on the street. Today his mother Jean fights youth gun violence and helps other parents survive the pain.

The Postwoman. Director: J.D. Walker. Unhappy in an existing relationship, Nia, a graphic designer, develops a crush on her neighborhood postwoman, who shows her the meaning of unconditional love.

Diary of a Single Mom. Director/Editor: Robert Townsend. Groundbreaking online series chronicles the lives of three single mothers trying get ahead despite obstacles, such as childcare, health, education and finances.

The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival is supported in part by Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th C.D., Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council, The New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Arts Council.

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Posted 10/06/2010

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