10th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival in Washington DC – August 19‐21, 2016

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The Man Who Mends Women

Invisible Heroes: African Americans In the Spanish Civil War

New Zealand 2014 Oscar Submission in the Foreign Language Film Category

The DC African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will hold its 10th Anniversary from August 19 to 21 with 18 films, including 12 US and DC premieres.

“The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a festival of diversity and inclusion built around the human experience of people of color.”

— Dr. Reinaldo B. Spech, ADIFF Founder and Curator

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, August 11, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Highlights in the festival include the DC premiere presentation of award-winning documentary “The Man Who Mends Women – The Wrath Of Hippocrates” by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman, portrait of Doctor Denis Mukwege, internationally known as the man who has assisted thousands of women sexually abused during the 20 years of conflict in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There will be a Q&A after the screening.

“Invisible Heroes: African-Americans in the Spanish Civil War” by Alfonso Domingo and Jordi Torrent explores the story of those African-Americans who were part of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain. Director Jordi Torrent will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

New Zealand 2014 Oscar Submission in the Foreign Language Film Category “White Lies” by Dana Rotberg is set in the Maori community in colonial times New Zealand. It will be shown with “White Like the Moon” by Marina Gonzales Palmier about a Mexican-American girl who struggles to keep her identity when her mother forces her to bleach her skin.

“Hogtown” by Daniel Nearing, is a beautifully shot – in black and white – murder mystery set in 1919 against the backdrop of the Chicago race riots of that year. Visually stunning, “Hogtown” is – according to the Chicago Sun-Times – “The most original film made in Chicago about Chicago to date.” Director Daniel Nearing and lead actor Herman Wilkins will both attend the screening.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary in Washington DC, ADIFF offers a Double Opening Night featuring special guest, poet, playwright, activist: Sonia Sanchez. Seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement; mentor to generations of poets and hip-hop artists. Champion for peace: in the classroom, on the street, and around the world, Sonia Sanchez will participate in a Q&A following the screening of award-winning documentary “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez”. Co-director Sabrina Gordon will also attend the screening. Following the Opening Night VIP Reception, Qasim Basir, writer and director or “Mooz-Lum” (2010) will be on hand to present his latest drama “Destined” (2016) which just won Best Director and Best Lead Actor at ABFF. In Destined, a pivotal moment in 13-year-old Rasheed’s life splits off into two possible outcomes: in one, he becomes an up-and-coming architect and in the other, a powerful drug lord.

The CANDOMBLE & SANTERIA Program, Closing Night program of DC ADIFF 2016, features the classic film “Oggun: An Eternal Presence” by Afro-Cuban director Gloria Rolando and DC Premiere “Yemanja: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil” by Donna C. Roberts and Donna Read. In Oggun, Gloria Rolando relates the patakin or mythical story of Oggun, the tireless warrior who, enamored of his mother, decided as punishment to imprison himself in the mountains. Narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, Yemanjá is a documentary film about the Candomblé spiritual tradition in Bahia, Brazil, a vibrant African-derived culture which evolved from slavery’s brutal past.

ADIFF DC presents the History of Resistance in The Caribbean program with films set in Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica. The French film “Toussaint Louverture” by Philippe Niang is a two-part epic drama about the life story of the man who lead the first successful slave uprising that gave its independence to Haiti. “Maluala” by Sergio Giral takes us into a Palenque, a settlement of Maroons in Cuba, “Catch a Fire” by Menelik Shabbaz explores the reasons and consequences of the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865 in Jamaica and “The Price of Memory” follows a group of Rasta men who petitioned Queen Elizabeth II for slavery reparations. Director Karen Marks Mafundikwa will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening of her film The Price of Memory.

Thanks to the support of the Embassy of Switzerland, ADIFF DC 2016 proudly presents three short dramas that explore a multicultural and multiracial Switzerland: “Discipline” by Christophe M. Saber, “Inland” by Piet Baumgartner, and “Objection VI” by Rolando Colla. In “Discipline,” after a father disciplines his disobedient child in a grocery store, strangers become involved and a quarrel breaks out. In “Inland,” based on a true story, Alina is fifteen when her stepfather, a stately Nigerian, is arrested for dealing drugs and her world is turned upside-down. “Objection VI” reconstructs the true story of a crude process of deportation that took place in 2010 in Switzerland.

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. The 10th Annual DC African Diaspora Film Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following institutions: The Africana Studies Program and the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University, ArtMattan Productions, TV5 Monde, Home Advisor, Africa World Now Project, WPFW, WEAA and the Embassy of Switzerland. The GWU Marvin Center is located at 800 21st Street NW in Washington D.C.

For screeners, to set up interviews with filmmakers and/or receive high resolution images, please call 212‐864‐1760 or e-mail Diarah N’Daw-Spech at pr@nyadiff.org.

ADIFF WASHINGTON DC 2016
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Schedule at a Glance
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Friday, August 19, 2016
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OPENING NIGHT
7:00pm | Discipline & BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez + Q&A
8:30pm | Catered VIP Reception
10:00pm | Destined + Q&A

Saturday, August 20, 2016
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RESISTANCE IN THE CARIBBEAN PROGRAM(from 10:00am to 6:30pm)
Toussaint Louverture
10:00am |Part 1
11:50am |Part 2
2:00pm | Maluala
4:00pm | Jamaican History Program:Catch a Fire & The Price of Memory+ Q&A
6:45pm | Invisible Heroes + Q&A
8:45pm | Objection VI & Hogtown + Q&A

Sunday, August 21, 2016
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10:00am | Stories of Colorism: White Like the Moon & White Lies
12:20pm | Inland & Sexy Money
2:10pm | The Man who Mends Women + Q&A
5:00pm | Stand Down Soldier + Skype Q&A
7:30pm | CLOSING NIGHT – Candomble & Santeria Program:
Oggun & Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil + Q&A

Diarah N’Daw-Spech
African Diaspora International Film Festival
2128641760
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Kombucha Starter Kit

 You Can Do It Yourself

Commercially-produced kombucha is widely available today and can be found in most supermarkets and health food stores. However, it’s actually easy to make your own fizzy kombucha beverage right at home using only a few necessary ingredients.. All you need is: • A large clean glass jar • Green or black tea • Sugar • Water • Wooden spoon • A coffee filter or cheese cloth • A rubber band • 1 SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) The SCOBY is responsible for the fermentation and production of healthy probiotic bacteria. You can purchase a SCOBY online or ask a friend who already makes their own kombucha. After that, it’s as easy as following a few simple steps until you’ve got your own homemade kombucha tea beverage.

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Kombucha Tea

Personal Experiences ....

Frau T. S. from P., Germany, writes: "I have had it (the Kombucha tradition) for 6 months now, and my well being is bettering at all times, In short, I believe nice. I additionally handed it directly to buddies who're additionally more than happy with it and feature been cured of rheumatic pains and liver court cases, for instance.(...) I would not love to must surrender consuming the beverage."   "Since consuming Kombucha Tea I've spotted a drastic aid within the signs of HAY FEVER AND SINUS that I have been experiencing. I've a big VARICOSE VEIN on my proper calf All over the time I've been consuming the Kombucha Tea, I've spotted that it's been shriveled and it does now not itch or pain because it used to. I actually have a SENSITIVE STOMACH which has been relieved, and I'm additionally in a position to deal with REGULAR BOWEL ACTIVITY."
Mr H. Wilkins... Springwood, Qld.
"For about 17 years I have been affected by serious MIGRAINE HEADACHES, no less than thrice per week at a minimal. I used to be completely resigned to the truth that I'd proceed to be afflicted by this criticism and ache for the remainder of my fife. When visiting some buddies one night time I used to be requested if I would really like to take a look at one of the most " MIRACLE" drink referred to as Kombucha Tea. I used to be hesitant, however I did take a look at it anyway. It tasted fairly refreshing, however unknown to my buddies I had a ache in my higher gastric area which have been there many of the day. To my astonishment, inside part an hour of consuming this Kombucha Tea my ache had completely disappeared. After starting up to drink this tea two times day-to-day for the closing two and a part months I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ONE MIGRAINE AT ALL. I'm so extremely joyful so to percentage this enjoy and inform other folks how this Kombucha Tea has benefited me and CHANGED MY LIFE."
Fay Haddrill ... French's Wooded area
Kombucha Tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Although it’s sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it is a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. Kombuca Tea has been taken for its natural probiotic healing properties for thousands of years and due to recent information provided by RainTree Nutrition and The National Health Sciences Institute, there has been tremendous excitement to take this ancient elixir. Kombuca Tea is a powerful herbal supplement that the Shaolin Monks and Eastern Mystics have used for centuries to strengthen the body’s natural defenses including memory problems, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), joint pain and rheumatism, appetite loss, high blood pressure, constipation, arthritis, hair growth, immunity issues and cancer. Kombucha Tea can be brewed in your home with a Kombucha SCOBY. It produces a sweet, slightly sour Elixir that you can drink at anytime. Kombucha (formal name: Medusomyces gisevii, also called tea mushroom and manchurian mushroom) is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). What makes Kombucha Tea so unique is its wide variety of bioactive phytonutrients, which work naturally at the cellular and systemic levels.

Boost Your Immune System

Those who love to look for natural health remedies will love the fact that kombucha is actually a natural antibiotic. This is because of the process of fermentation and its by-products. One of which is acetic acid, which creates a kind of sterile environment which inhibits the growth of unhealthy bacteria. The probiotics also fight the bad bacteria so whereas pharmaceutical antibiotics kill off all the bacteria in our systems, kombucha leaves the good and kills the bad. No bad bacteria means no infections which equals a healthy, happy immune system!

Helps With Digestion

Speaking of those probiotics…kombucha is full of healthy bacteria that do plenty of good for our bodily functions. One of kombucha's primary benefits is that its probiotics, yeasts, and enzymes help with digestion by breaking down food for better nutrient absorption. They also promote the growth of healthy gut flora, which help us to digest our food better and maintain a healthy pH level. Your gut also gets a break because it doesn’t have to work as hard to break down fermented foods because the bacteria have already done some of the work.

It’s Alcoholic

If you’re familiar with the brewing processes of beer, wine, or spirits, you’ll know that fermentation involves alcohol. This is because as the yeast breaks down the sugar, they release two things: carbon dioxide and ethanol (aka: bubbles and booze.) The level of alcohol is fairly low because the fermentation time isn’t that long and while commercially made kombucha beverages have found ways to reduce their alcohol content in order to comply with sales regulations, if you brew a batch at home there will definitely be some alcohol present. Something to keep in mind for pregnant or nursing mother

Kombucha Cocktails Anyone?

Here’s a fun fact: kombucha can be used to make cocktails! Not as the alcohol component, but rather as the mixer. Its sweet, sour, tangy flavor makes it a perfect compliment to your favorite spirit and can be used to make drinks such as a Kombucha-Rita (kombucha, ice, lime juice and taquila), Kombucha Sour (kombucha, whisky and lemon juice), or a kombucha version of a Shandy (half beer and half kombucha.) Furthermore, when you make your cocktails with kombucha rather than soda, you’re less likely to experience that dreaded hangover! This is because the antioxidants and detoxifying properties help combat the symptoms that lead to that terrible morning after feeling.

Loaded With B and C Vitamins

In addition to being full of many other beneficial nutrients, kombucha is loaded with Vitamins B and C, both of which are essential for optimum health. Vitamin B helps to ease stress levels, curb sugar cravings, lower your risk of heart disease, and help memory functions. It’s clear that B vitamins are pretty powerful, but those C vitamins present in kombucha have their own set of benefits. Among them are increasing the strength of the immune system, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and playing an important part in the improvement of eye health. That’s a lot of benefits in one bubbly beverage!

 It Can Help With Stomach Issues

We mentioned before in the digestion slide that kombucha is more easily digested. We mentioned before in the digestion slide that kombucha is very easily digested. This is because the fermentation helps to pre-digest some of the enzymes, which means your pancreas doesn’t need to work as hard or secrete as much digestive fluid. Kombucha also helps to achieve a healthy PH balance in the gut and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria. For these reasons, the beverage has been known to help those suffering with stomach issues such as Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and Candida overgrowth. It Strengthens Your Stomach Walls Another component of kombucha is a substance called Butyric Acid, which is another by-product of the fermentation process. Butyric Acid is known to have antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being known to strengthen the walls of your gut, kill parasites and protect against yeast infections. It’s an interesting substance that promotes overall digestive health from the inside out.

 It Strengthens Your Stomach Walls

Another component of kombucha is a substance called Butyric Acid, which is another by-product of the fermentation process. Butyric Acid is known to have antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being known to strengthen the walls of your gut, kill parasites and protect against yeast infections. It’s an interesting substance that promotes overall digestive health from the inside out.

 It Helps With Joint Health

You may have heard of the amino sugar called Glucosamine, you may even give it to your elderly pets (or family members) to help with stiff or sore joints. In fact, glucosamine is one of the most common non-vitamin, non-mineral supplements used by adults in the USA today. Another amazing fact about kombucha is that it contains naturally occurring glucosamine which means this drink can help keep your joints healthy and moving correctly and even prevent arthritis. This is an especially appealing aspect for athletes who need to keep their bodies in top shape for as long as possible. It’s no secret that antioxidants are good for you. They neutralize free radicals in our bodies, which can cause cell damage relating to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other ailments.  
The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables but Kombucha is also full of these hard working little compounds which means that kombucha actually has detoxifying properties, which can help cleanse the liver and prevent cancer.
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.
Kombucha originated in what is now Manchuria around 220 BCE, and is said to have been imported to Japan around 400 CE by the physician Kombu. It is commonly It is commonly drunk in the United States.
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.

Kombucha originated in what is now Manchuria around 220 BCE, and is said to have been imported to Japan around 400 CE by the physician Kombu.[4] It is commonly drunk in the United States.


Kombucha Scoby

Believed to have originated in the Himalayan mountains, Jun is a special kombucha culture that feeds on honey rather than sugar. The result is a mouth-coating, mead-like kombucha with an unforgettable flavor – from which you may never look back! This is an excellent move toward sustainable ‘buch, as you can easily source local honey and explore the nuances of your region’s terroir. We find that lesser-oxidized teas tend to make the most pleasant Jun. Our Jun SCOBYs are made fresh every week with local honey and fair-trade, organic teas.

Brewing kombucha at home is easy and fun! You might be wondering, just what is kombucha and why would I want to brew it at home? Kombucha is a healthy fermented tea that is often used for medicinal purposes. It is a type of fermented food, where bacteria and/or yeast digest the sugars in a food to create different compounds that are anecdotally thought to support health.


Kombucha is tea and sugar that is fermented using something called a SCOBY, or a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. The scoby digests the sugar in the tea, creating acetic acid (vinegar) and glucoronic acid, which is one of the components of kombucha that may be responsible for its purported health benefits. Once fermented, kombucha contains multiple species of yeast and bacteria along with active enzymes, amino acids, organic acids, and polyphenols produced by the yeast and bacteria. It can contain a small percentage of alcohol.

Brewing kombucha at home is much less expensive than buying it in the store, supporting goals of self-sufficiency for homesteaders. It is also easy and fun. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, kombucha is a natural fit (as are all fermented foods!). Just set up the brew and let time and the scoby do the work.

In the photo above you see a scoby. SCOBYs are sometimes called “mother cultures” or “kombucha mushrooms.” In order to brew kombucha, you will need to get a SCOBY.

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