NCCU. The University Theatre at NCCU Farrison Building

 1801 Fayetteville St. Durham NC 27707

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Wednesday. NOVEMBER 5

NCCU. The University Theatre at NCCU, Farrison Newton Communications Bldg. Durham. 7pm

The Underground Railroad in Mexico.  The Colorlines project and Ojo de Agua (Mexico –US) 2007-8.

Spanish, with English Subtitles. 30 min. <North Carolina Premiere>

The film documents stories of people of African descent in (Costa Chica) Mexico. It is based on a series of ‘story circles’ where participants sat together in their community and told stories about being of African heritage in Mexico (a mostly mestizo and indigenous country). In addition, the film documents dances and other cultural aspects of daily life pointing toward what some call an Afro-Mestizo culture among almost 300 communities on the Mexican Pacific coast. Yet, during the process we also learn there is much secrecy and denial about the history of African slavery in Mexico. It is simply not part of the national story.  


Manuel Zapata Olivella: Abridor de Caminos. María Adelaida Lopez (Colombia) 2007.   

Spanish with English subtitles. 30 min. <US Premier>

Writer, anthropologist, and social scientist, Manuel Zapata Olivella (Lorica 1920 – Bogotá 2004) was one of the most important Afro Colombians of the 20th Century. The documentary approaches his life from two perspectives: first in terms of his research work on the promotion and diffusion of traditional (Afro) Colombian culture. Second, it focuses on his literary work in relation to the vindication and visibility of the history and culture of Afro-America in the main narrative of history in the continent.

Escritor, novelista, antropólogo, investigador y científico social, Manuel Zapata Olivella (Lorica, 1920 - Bogotá, 2004) fue uno de afrocolombianos más destacados del siglo XX. A partir de un recorrido por su vida y obra, el documental aborda varios aspectos fundamentales de este polifacético y prolífico personaje, centrándose en dos en particular: el primero, relacionado con sus trabajos de investigación, promoción y difusión de la cultura tradicional colombiana, y el segundo, enfocado en su aporte literario en cuanto a la reivindicación y visibilidad de la cultura y la historia de los negros en el continente americano.

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 *Presented by Marco Polo Hernádez-Cuevas NCCU


Wednesday. NOVEMBER 12

NCCU. The University Theatre at NCCU Farrison Newton Communications Bldg. Durham. 7pm.

Quilombo Country. Leonard Abrams (Brazil) 2006. <North Carolina Premiere> 

Portuguese with English subtitles. 73 min.

Quilombo Country, a documentary film shot in digital video, provides a portrait of rural communities in Brazil that were either founded by runaway slaves or began from abandoned plantations. This type of community is known as a quilombo, from an Angolan word that means "encampment." As many as 2,000 quilombos exist today.

Contrary to Brazil's national mythology, it was a brutal and deadly place for slaves. But they didn't submit willingly. Thousands escaped, while others led political and militant movements that forced white farmers to leave. Quilombo Country provides a glimpse into these communities, with extensive footage of ceremonies, dances and lifestyles, interwoven with discussions about their history and the issues most important to them currently. The film takes place in three distinct settings: The Trombetas region of the Amazon, Marajo Island at the mouth of the Amazon River, and the Itapicuru-Mirim area in the state of Maranhao.

Narrated by Chuck D of Public Enemy.







 The Underground Railroad in Mexico. 2008








 Manuel Zapata Olivella. 2007










 Quilombo Country. 2006