Afrobrazil Documentary Comes to Harlem

Quilombo Films announces the first Uptown screening of “Quilombo Country,” the award-winning feature documentary about Brazilian villages founded by escaped and rebel slaves, at the Taller Latino Americano on Friday, the 6th of February (Black History Month). The event will include a question-and-answer session and a discussion by director/producer Leonard Abrams about ethnographic filmmaking and distribution. The screening and discussion will be followed by a cocktail reception.

Brazil, once the world’s largest slave colony, was brutal and deadly for millions of Africans. But many thousands escaped and rebelled, creating settlements 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” includes rare footage of festivals and ceremonies that blend Catholic, African and native Amazonian rituals and customs, and examines issues of political identity, land rights, and racial and socioeconomic discrimination. The film is narrated by Chuck D,  the legendary poet, media commentator and leader of the iconic hip hop band Public Enemy.

“Quilombo Country” has played at more than 20 film festivals worldwide, winning Best Documentary at Black International Cinema Berlin, and has been acquired by more than 300 universities, museums and other cultural organizations.

The Taller Latino Americano (The Latin American Workshop), renowned for its Spanish classes and art shows and programs, is a gathering place for culturally and linguistically diverse people who come together to share their ideas and find creative inspiration.

WHAT: Uptown Premiere of “Quilombo Country”
WHEN: Fri, February 6th, 2009. 8:00-10:30 [film: 73 min.]
WHERE: Taller Latino Americano, 2710 Broadway [103 St.] NYC
PLUS: Q&A plus discussion on filmmaking with director Leonard Abrams
CONTACT: Leonard Abrams at 212-260-7540
PRICE: $12. includes discussion & reception. Reserve early, as seating is limited.


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