Frequências: Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema & the Black Diaspora

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Presenter: 2022-23 Obermann Humanities Symposium & International Programs Major Project Award 

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Taking Brazil's new Black cinema as its point of departure, Frequências: Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema & the Black Diaspora brings together filmmakers, artists, scholars, and critics from across the globe in order to inaugurate a practice of collective attunement. How can we best attune ourselves to the waves set in motion by this new cinema? How does Brazil’s current Black cinema resonate within contemporary aesthetic practices of the Black diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean, North America and Europe? In what ways do these new formations of global cinemas refract our understanding of the post-colonial and of diaspora? 

Organized by Christopher Harris (Cinematic Arts) with partnership from Brazilian film scholar, programmer, and teacher Janaína Oliveira and contemporary Brazilian literature and culture scholar Cristiane Lira (University of Georgia), this symposium will feature the emerging wave of young Afro-Brazilian filmmakers, curators, programmers, and scholars whose art and scholarship have already had an impact on the international cinema. 

Panel discussions and keynotes will take place at the Stanley Museum of Art, and some screenings will be at Iowa City FilmScene. Harris says the events "are aimed at the generation of new knowledge regarding the central question of how Black identity is figured in the new Afro-Brazilian cinema and how that resonates with Black cinema globally." 

All symposium events, including the film screenings, are free and open to the public. 

Thursday, March 30 to Saturday, April 1, 2023 (all day)
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