A still from Diamonds in the Rough

There’s nothing like spreading out a blanket in the park with a cold glass of wine and some snacks and watching a good-old fashioned projectile movie. Add a live musical performance to the mix, and you have a great summer night of cultural entertainment. Come watch some great films by emerging and established film artists of the African Diaspora at the New York African Film Festival.

Here are tonight’s details:

Thursday, July 30: Harlem Meer, Central Park, Harlem
Films: World Festival of Negro Arts, followed by Yande Codou, The Griot of Senghor @
Rhythm, Dance, and Film on the Meer
Preceded by Live Performance: Jonathan Russell, Young Jazz Prodigy and Joe Ascione
Starting @ 7:00 PM

LOCATION: Harlem Meer, Central Park, Manhattan (Lawn adjacent to the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center , 110th St. between 5th and Lenox Aves.)

FILM: World Festival of Negro Arts
William Greaves, Senegal/USA, 1966, 40m.

In 1966, over 2,000 writers, artists and performers from Africa and the African Diaspora convened in Dakar , Senegal to participate in the World Festival of Negro Arts (also known as FESMAN). This historical event attracted the likes of Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Alvin Ailey, Aimx00E9; Cx00E9;saire and Lx00E9;opold Senghor, as well as other artists, performers and dignitaries from thirty countries. It remains the largest and most notable gathering of Black artists to date.

Angx00E8;le Diabang Brener , Senegal , 2008, 52m.

YANDE CODOU (80 years old) is one of the last great singers of polyphonic Serere poetry. This film is an intimate look at a diva who has lived through the history of Senegal at the side of one of its greatest near-mythical figures, President-poet Lx00E9;opold Sx00E9;dar Senghor.

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