The African Diaspora International Film Festival held Washington, D.C. from Aug. 19-21, uses films about people of color all over the world to educate, destroy stereotypes and end attitudes that support racial injustice, according to its cofounder.


“The Black experience outside of the U.S. is also linked to the same kind of tragedy that African-American people experience and that will help create more communication and connection,” said Diarah N’Daw-Spech. She resides in France.

The traveling festival started in 1993 and is marking its 10th year in Washington, D.C., before heading to Paris next month.

All the movies are shown at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, 800 21st St NW.  Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite or at

The lineup for the films on Aug. 21, include:

  • 10 a.m.: “White Lies” is about a Maori servant hiding a damaging secret about her wealthy boss. It’s followed by “White Like the Moon,” which focuses on colorism in the Mexican-American community.
  • 12:20 p.m.: “Inland & Sexy Money” documents the true story of the fallout a 15-year-old girl suffers once her Nigerian stepfather is arrested for selling drugs.
  • 2:10 p.m.: “The Man Who Mends Women” centers on Dr. Denis Mukwege, who helped thousands of women raped during 20 years of conflicts in the east Democratic Republic of the Congo. But he’s faced criticism and death threats for his work. A question and answer session follows the movie.
  • 5 p.m.: “Stand Down Soldier” centers on a  Black female sergeant returning from combat in the Middle East and the struggles she and fellow combatants face.
  • 7:30 p.m. “Oggun: an Eternal Presence” tells the mythology of Oggun, a Cuban warrior who fell in love with his mother and fled to the mountains as punishment. It will be followed by “Yemanja: Wisdom from the Heart of Brazil.” The Brazilian documentary sheds light on African culture in Bahia that’s rooted in slavery. A question and answer session will take place after this film.

The AFRO is broadcasting segments of the event via Facebook Live. To see the broadcast, visit