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Socially Conscious Jimmy Jean-Louis is ADFIFF’s 2016 Guest of Honor

Jimmy Jean-Louis
Jimmy Jean-Louis

*Socially conscious actor Jimmy Jean-Louis will be Guest of Honor of the 24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival/ADFIFF in NYC.

A “rags to riches” story, Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis grew up in the slums of Pétionville, Haiti until age 12 before moving to France and then to Los Angeles where he settled in 1998 to pursue an acting career.

His deep love for his homeland caused him to shift his focus from his acting career to help rebuild Haiti, ravaged by the 7.0 earthquake of January 12th, 2010. Since then, Jimmy has been very involved and often does interviews to speak about the situation in Haiti as he recently did following the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Matthew early last month.

Jimmy Jean-Louis is currently in Paris, France where he is shooting a TV show for TF1 based on a book by Harlan Coben “Just a look” with the French actress Virginie Ledoyen. Keeping his long time commitment to Haiti at heart, he was able to stay in touch with the Haitian Embassy in Paris to coordinate some of the help that came from France following Hurricane Matthew.

Currently shooting “The Way” for Canal+, directed by Camille Delamarre (“Brick Mansion,” “Transporter”), he can be seen in “Toussaint Louverture” (Best Actor at the Pan African Film Festival), “Tears of the Sun,” “Phat Girlz,” “Heroes,” “Arrow,” “Extant,” and “Joy.”

Jean-Louis will attend the festival on November 25 and 26, 2016 in the capacity of actor, producer and Ambassador at large. On Nov. 25, after attending the VIP Opening Night reception, he will present Opening Night romantic comedy “Everything But a Man” by Nnegest Likké (USA) about an “African-American” career woman (Monica Calhoun), who meets a “mysterious” man (Jimmy Jean-Louis).

Monica Calhoun and Jimmy Jean-Louis in a scene from 'Everything But a Man.'
Monica Calhoun and Jimmy Jean-Louis in a scene from ‘Everything But a Man.’

On Saturday, November 26, Jean-Louis will participate in discussions following the presentation of the films “The President has AIDS?” by Arnold Antonin (Haiti) and “Toussaint Louverture” by Philippe Niang (France). On Saturday evening, Jean-Louis will have a conversation with Lewis R. Gordon, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs and Chairperson of the Awards Committee, Caribbean Philosophical Association, to talk about his life, his career and Haiti.

For more information about the 24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, and a complete lineup, go to

Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]       Twitter: @thefilmstrip


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