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My name is Rachel Kilgore, one of the publicity team members for the Virginia Diasporic Communities Film Festival (VADCFF) based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. We are a new festival, with our inaugural festival happening this fall and several monthly film nights leading up to it. We started this event to empower the Caribbean community here in Virginia, and have since grown to include other local communities in our efforts.  Our goal is to share our stories onscreen, in tandem with celebrating and commemorating the rich and varied cultures and their impacts here in the U.S.

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Next month, in honor of Haitian Heritage Month, we will be hosting our Haitian Film Night at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center in Newport News. This would be a great event to cover in The Daily Press because it centers on community, culture, and the power of film.

 The event will take place at 7:30 pm and will feature a film from Haiti, as well as Haitian cuisine provided by Fusion Melange. It is next in our Caribbean Film Night series, and a way to create dialogue within the Hampton Roads community, celebrate the arts, generate a cultural appreciation and understanding of Haitian life and people through visual storytelling, and further enrich the diverse community of Hampton Roads.
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If interested in learning more, please contact filmfest@vadcci.org or call our founder and curator, Genice Phillips at (703) 200-5344. Chef Ariette Jeanisca of Fusion Melange can be reached at 757-809-6317 or fusionmelange@gmail.com

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