Wednesday, May 8th, 7:30pm
A Present Past: Afro-Brazilian Memories in Rio de Janeiro
Hebe Mattos and Martha Abreu, 2012, 43 min, Brazil
This documentary highlights the strong oral tradition of slave descendants from the former plantations of the Souza Breves family, in the south of the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazli. It rescues vivid details about the illegal trade of slaves and the experiences of slaves and freed ancestors. The jongo and oral tradition are part of the cultural and family heritage that became a core aspect of the ‘maroon’ identity of these communities. Both support broader political struggles against racism and contribute to ensuring collective ownership of land.
Post screening Q&A with director Hebe Mattos, moderated by Dr. Steeve Coupeau, President NYIHA MEDIA.