It’s the longest-running film festival of its kind.

For 18 years, the New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) has highlighted urban, classic, independent and foreign films of filmmakers of color to the city. In these films, viewers can explore the diverse experiences of people of African descent all over the world.

This year’s festival runs from November 25 until December 13 and will be screened at various locations throughout New York City.

One of the coordinators, Renee Conly and filmmaker, Rodney Lee, discussed why this film festival is so important for filmmakers of color.

This year’s films take a look at universal themes from political expression to interracial love. Some of the films participating in this year’s edition are: The Big Banana, Buried Secrets, Zebu and the Photo Fish and Nanny Cam.