New Afro-Brazilian Documentary at British Museum

April 4, 2007 by  

Quilombo Films announces the screening of “Quilombo Country,” a new film about modern-day rural Afrobrazilian communities, at The British Museum’s Stevenson Lecture Theatre.

“Quilombo Country” is narrated by hip hop legend Chuck D, leader of the iconic band Public Enemy. The filmmaker, Leonard Abrams, will take questions directly following the screening.

Brazil, once the world’s largest slave colony, was a brutal and deadly place for millions of Africans. But many thousands escaped or rebelled, creating their own communities in Brazil’s untamed hinterland. Largely unknown to the outside world, today these communities, known as quilombos, struggle to preserve a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression.

“Quilombo Country” (“Quilombo” is an Angolan word meaning “encampment”) ranges from the Northeastern sugar-growing regions to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, raising issues of political identity, land rights, and racial and socioeconomic discrimination. Included are examples of the material culture that allow the quilombolas to survive in relative isolation, including hunting, fishing, construction and agriculture; as well as rare footage of syncretic Umbanda and Paje ceremonies; Tambor de Crioula, Carimbo and Boi Bumba drum and dance celebrations; and Festivals of the Mast.

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WHAT: London Screening of “Quilombo Country”
WHEN: Friday, April 13th, 6:30 pm [18:30]
WHERE: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
PLUS: Q&A with director Leonard Abrams. Admission: £3, concessions £2.
Length: 73 minutes
CONTACT: Leonard Abrams at 212-260-7540 [USA]


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