“A captivating and genuinely heartfelt love story with shades of WEST SIDE STORY.” - Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

“Dynamic and sincere.” - AO Scott, New York Times

Sunday, June 18 at 2:00pm | Set in the early 1960s, as Mali’s capital city celebrates the country’s independence from French colonial rule, the idealistic Samba works toward creating a more just nation by day and dances to Otis Redding and the Supremes with his spirited girlfriend, Lara, by night.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Best Feature Film, Oslo Films from the South Festival
Nominee - Best Feature Film, Valladolid International Film Festival

Chicago African Diaspora International Film FestivalFrom June 15–18, the Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF Chicago) celebrates its 20th year with programs and screenings at the Film Center and Facets Multimedia. Since its inception, ADIFF Chicago has explored culturally significant films that explore the Black and Indigenous experience, giving a multidimensional voice to often-misrepresented realities and peoples. Learn more and get tickets at facets.org.