Brazilian Black Consciousness Day: ÔRÍ Film Screening and Talk

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Brazilian Black Consciousness Day: ÔRÍ Film Screening and Talk with Bethânia N. Gomes, Daughter of Beatriz Nascimento

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November 20th is Black Awareness Day (“Dia da Consciência Negra”) in Brazil. This day is "to celebrate a regained awareness by the black community about their great worth and contribution to the country", as defined by UNESCO. In honor of that and Beatriz Nascimento's work, we are presenting this special program.

Brazilian Black Consciousness Day: ÔRÍ Film Screening and Talk with Bethânia N. Gomes, Daughter of Beatriz Nascimento

About ÔRÍ

The documentary ÔRÍ provides an overview of the Black Movement in Brazil during the 1970s and 80s, telling the story of Beatriz Nascimento, an activist and historian who searches for her African heritage. Beatriz researches the history of the Quilombos, African warrior societies reestablished in Brazil to resist slavery and colonialism. Her outlook is poetic and charged with emotion, and this historical interpretation acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of African culture to South American music, dance, language, and beliefs. (Raquel Gerber, 1989, 90 minutes, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles- newly restored)

About Bethânia N. Gomes

Bethânia N. Gomes is the daughter of the Brazilian civil rights activist Beatriz Nascimento. Her mother introduced her to images of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey which inspired her to pursue a dance career as a classical dancer at a young age. Influenced by her mother’s work, Bethânia fosters the work of black youth in classical ballet. As a young dancer, she was part of the Dance Theater of Harlem, where she was mentored by Arthur Mitchell and became the first Afro-Brazilian Principal Dancer in a major ballet company. Today she’s a faculty member at Dance Theater of Harlem, a choreographer and recently published her mother’s poetry book TODAS AS DISTANCIAS.

Event Moderator: Laila Garroni

Laila Garroni is an afro-brazilian journalist, actress, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-founder of the Evoé, an all female artistic collective focused on promoting Brazilian culture abroad through cinema and theater. Together, they received 6 nominations for the Brazilian International Press Awards 2018, and were the winners of the Best Local Production category.

This program is presented as part of the TWN Evening Seminars, sponsored by Third World Newsreel, the Documentary Forum at CCNY and the Black Studies Program at CCNY.

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