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African Diaspora International Film Festival

This year's African Diaspora International Film Festival, which runs from Aug. 22 to 24, has an Afro-Latino flavor, with six films from Latin American directors, including a contemporary take on "Romeo and Juliet" set in Puerto Rico's largest slum. The festival also features a contemporary comedy about the black American dating scene and a drama about a daughter defending her father's radical past in court. We meet the filmmakers and explore new films from the African diaspora.

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"In Search Of The Black Knight" , written and directed by Tamarat Makonnen, is a comedic documentary about the challenges that face single black women when trying to form relationships with black men.

"Por Amor en El Caserio (For Love In The Caserio)," produced by Antonio Morales, is a modern version of Romeo and Juliet, set among the gangs in Puerto Rico’s largest public housing project.

"For The Cause," by Katherine Nero, tells the story of an attorney who defends her estranged father against a murder charge.

For the Cause Trailer (2013) from For the Cause - The Movie on Vimeo.


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