"Quilombo Country," the award-winning documentary about Brazilian villages founded by escaped and rebel slaves, will have its premiere theatrical run at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater from Friday, September 19th to Thursday, September 25th every evening at 7 pm. The film is narrated by Chuck D, the legendary poet, media commentator and leader of the iconic hip hop band Public Enemy. The film’s creator, writer-director Leonard Abrams, will take questions after the Friday and Saturday screenings. The Pioneer Theater is located in the heart of New York City’s East Village at 155 East 3rd Street near Avenue A.
Brazil, once the world’s largest slave colony, was brutal and deadly for millions of Africans. But many thousands escaped and rebelled, creating settlements they called quilombos in Brazil’s untamed hinterland. Largely unknown to the outside world, these communities struggle today to preserve a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression.
"Quilombo Country" explores Afrobrazilian village life among the forests and rivers of northern Brazil, with rare footage of festivals and ceremonies that blend Catholic, African and native Amazonian rituals and customs, including the use of dance, drumming, tobacco and other sacred plants to facilitate the communication between the spiritual and material worlds.
Ranging from the abandoned sugar plantations in the Northeast to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, "Quilombo Country" is alive with first-person accounts of racial conflict, cultural ferment, political identity, and the struggle for land and human rights.
Friday, Sept 19, 7pm
Saturday, Sept 20, 7pm
Sunday, Sept 21, 7pm
Monday, Sept 22, 7pm
Tuesday, Sept 23, 5pm
Wednesday, Sept 24, 7pm
Thursday, Sept 25, 7pm
More information at http://www.quilombocountry.com
Author: World Music Central News Department
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