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FEATURE FILM PROGRAMS

Title: Manos Sucias (2015)

Director: Josef Kubota Wladyka

Language: Spanish /w English subtitles

Duration: 1:24 hr

Country: Colombia

Summary: A desperate fisherman and a naive young man embark on a dangerous journey trafficking drugs up the Pacific coast of Colombia. Hidden beneath the waves, they tow a narco-torpedo filled with millions of dollars worth of cocaine. Together they must brave the war-torn region while navigating the growing tension between them.

Angélica (2016)

Director: Marisol Gómez Mouakad

Language: English + Spanish, with English subtitles

Duration: 1:35 hr

Country: Puerto Rico

Summary: Angélica works in a clothes factory in New York, sewing her own designs in the little spare time free from the demands of boyfriend Jose. Then her father Wilfredo has a heart attack and she flies home to Puerto Rico. Wilfredo is black, but Angélica’s mother is white, and it’s only upon her return that she fully understands the virulent racism (and sexism) she’s battled all her life. She finally grasps the choice she must make: conform to the wishes of those who should have her interests at heart, or follow her own path, independent but completely alone.

DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMS

 

Title: Panamá Al Brown: When The Fist Opens /Panamá Al Brown: Cuando El Puño Se Abre (2018)

Director: Carlos Aguilar Navarro

Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles

Duration: 52 min

Country: Panamá

Summary: Panama Al Brown, first boxing world champion from Latin America, in 1929. Panama has had nearly 30 world champions and the story of Panama Al Brown, is where the history of boxing in Panama begins. He emigrated from Panama to New York in 1923 and eventually became world champion. He then moved to Paris, where he became friends with intellectuals and artists of the time like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Coco Chanel.

Title: DreamTown (2016)

Director: Betty Bastidas

Language: Spanish /w English subtitles

Duration: 1:10 hr

Country: Ecuador

Summary: In celebration of this year's World Cup, we present DreamTown, a feature documentary capturing the lives of three Afro-Ecuadorians including Anibal Chalá (Dallas FC), in their ardent pursuit of playing professional soccer.

SHORT FILMS PROGRAMS

 

Program 1. Social Movements. Followed by Director's Q&A

  • Trenzas: La politica de la Aestetica / Braids: The Politics of Aesthetics (2018)
  • Negro: A Docu-series on Latino Identity (2012)
  • A FIRST LOOK: Awakened/Despertado (2019) 
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Title: A FIRST LOOK Awakened/Despertando (2019) 

Director: Juan Mejia Botero and Marco Williams

Language: English and Spanish w/ English subtitles.

Duration: 15 min

Country: Ferguson, MO, USA & Buenaventura Colombia

Summary:  In recent years we’ve been harshly reminded that White supremacy lies at the foundation of nation states across the Western world. Black youth today find themselves at a pivotal time - Awakening, Questioning, Asserting their position against the violence against Black lives and Black bodies. In AWAKENING / DESPERTANDO, Black youth from Ferguson, MO and Buenaventura, Colombia embark on a journey to discover what it means to be Black in different corners of the world. Using digital cameras they document their lives, forging a black lives matter bridge across the 2500 miles that separate them.

 

Program 2. Brazilian Films Followed by Talkback w/ Umbanda Activist Mae Heloísa Helena Costa Berto

  • Nosso Sagrado/The Sacred in us (2018)
  • Pele Suja Minha CarneDirty Skin (2016)

Title: NOSSO SAGRADO/ The Sacred in us

Director: Jorge Santana, Fernando Sousa and Gabriel Barbosa

Language: Portuguese /w English subtitles

Duration: 31 min

Country: Brazil

Summary: In the First Republic (1889-1930) as well as in the Vargas Era (1930-1945) the traditional terreiro communities were criminalized, their persecuted religious and their sacred objects were seized. In Rio de Janeiro, there are records that more than 200 objects were seized by the police, which after the end of the official criminalization became part of the collection in the Museum of Civil Police. The documentary Nosso Sagrado deals with the past of persecution of traditional terreiro communities, the "Black Magic" collection found in the Police Museum, the difficulty of access to the collection by religious, researchers and the population in general, as well as the struggle for to release the sacred objects that have been in the possession of the Civil Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro for 100 years.

Title: Pele Suja Minha Carne/Dirty Skin (2016)

Director: Bruno Ribiero

Language: Portuguese

Duration: 13:46 min

Summary: João takes a bath after another soccer match with his white friends. // João toma banho após mais uma pelada com seus amigos brancos.

Program 3. Displacement & Resilience. Followed by Director's Q&A

  • Jimmy Jean Louis Goes to Tijuana (2017)
  • Defend PR: AfroBoricua Stories (2018)
  • Drums of Resistance: La Boquilla, Colombia (2018)
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From Jimmy Jean Louis Goes to Tijuana. 

Director: Todd Kellstein/Haitian Chicken

Language: English

Duration: 15:23 min

Country: Mexico/Haiti

Summary: What do Tijuana and Haitians have in common? Recently… a whole lot. Tijuana has become a home for a community of thousands of Haitian refugees. They took great risk and traveled long distances to live somewhere they felt would be a better life and provide better working conditions. However, many of them have gotten stuck on the south side of the US border due to recent border control laws. Living in limbo, many of these refugees are still in need of proper shelter, resources and opportunities. Rainn Wilson and Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis have teamed on a very important lunch break to give you a peek into what life as a Haitian refugee in Tijuana is like.

 

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From Drums of Resistance: La Boquilla, Colombia

Director: Sheila Walker, PhD

Language: Spanish /w English subtitles

Duration: 20 min

Country: Colombia

Summary: The Afro-Colombian fishing community of La Boquilla, bordering the city of Cartagena, is threatened by the tourist and hotel industry that wants its land. A dynaic group of young musicians is using their talent to promote their culture and assert their right to their homes and lifestyle.

 

Program 4. Cultural Heritage & Identity. Followed by Q&A

  • Ori Inu: In Search of Self (2016)
  • Dance With Your Heart (2014)

Title: Ori Inu: In Search of Self

Director: Chelsea Odufu

Language: English

Duration: :29 min

Country: Trinidad & Tobago/Brazil/U.S.

Summary: A coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble.

Title: Dance With Your Heart

Director: Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi of www.FistUp.Tv

Language: Spanish /w English subtitles

Duration: 10:21 min

Country: Cuba

Summary: Jennyselt Galata from the group Osain del Monte is a dancer of Afro Cuban Folklore, with great prestige within Cuba and internationally. She seeks her successor to keep the legacy of Afro-Cuban culture, dance and religion alive.