A fragment of Brazil’s most shameful chapter of its history will be heard through the voices of the great-grandchildren of those who endured the terrifying reality of slavery. On March 17, 2016, Swarthmore College will screen the short documentary film, Of Slaves and Saints, as part of the 3-day symposium “Consciência Negra: A Legacy of Black Consciousness in Brazil”. The film is a Brazilian production written and directed by cultural producer Márcio de Abreu, who will attend the screening for a talkback session with the audience. Based on the testimony of Black Brazilian elders from the outback of Bahia, Of Slaves and Saints blends tales of slavery with Brazilian spirituality in a sensitive and profound way. The film received a Best Documentary Short award at the BlackStar Film Festival 2015, in Philadelphia, and a Honorable Mention for the preservation of Afro-Brazilian culture and history at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival 2015. The screening will take place at the Science Center, Chang Hou Hall, Room 101, Swarthmore College, at 7:30pm.
ADMISSION FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
In the confines of the outback of Bahia, every 12th of October, men and women gather to celebrate the Langa of Our Lady Aparecida. To the fervent sounds of prayers and traditional music, they dance and sing throughout the night, expressing their devotion to the Black saint. But this mystical scenario conceals sad stories. These are stories of pain and suffering. Stories of enslaved men and women, told by the Black people of the region, the way they heard from their grandparents and great-grandparents.
This event is made possible by the William J. Cooper Foundation
All Cooper Series events are free and open to the public
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