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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies presents a special online film program titled 1000 Days That Have Shaken Brazil - Marielle Franco, Cinema and Memory. This event features a conversation with filmmakers Ethel Oliveira, Julia Mariano, and Leonard Cortana based on their films Sementes: Mulheres Pretas no Poder (2020) and Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die (2019). Moderated by Raquel Barreto (Universidade Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro)
Films will be available for a week from 12/4 to 12/11 for the audience who registers for the event. This event will be held in English and Portuguese with live interpretation available.
About the Event:
March 14, 2018 - Marielle Franco, Black Queer Councilwoman of Rio de Janeiro was executed, six months before the Brazilian Presidential Elections. This political femicide has had a strong impact on the political participation of Black women who have actively spread her legacy and fought to occupy political mandates all over the country. Likewise, Black Brazilian filmmakers have also made significant efforts to document and record a positive memory of the multiple and intersectional identities of the Black Brazilian population along with the actions and calls for justice for Marielle Franco.
In this conversation, Ethel Oliveira, Julia Mariano and Leonard Cortana will reflect on the role of cinema to amplify voices of frontline activists, community organizers and political candidates in the current Brazilian political context. 1000 days after Marielle Franco's execution, what is the role of activist filmmaking in both archiving and expanding voices and actions of the Black Brazilian community in the country and beyond Brazilian borders?
About the Films:
Sementes: Mulheres Pretas no Poder
Éthel Oliveira and Júlia Mariano
Brazil, 2020, 105'
Black Women in Power shows the transformation of mourning into struggle. In response to the brutal execution of Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Marielle Franco, the 2018 elections turned into the biggest political upheaval led by Black women that Brazil has ever seen. In all states, Black female politicians stood against the growth of fascism in the country. In Rio de Janeiro, Mônica Francisco, Rose Cipriano, Renata Souza, Jaqueline de Jesus, Tainá de Paula, and Talíria Petrone applied for the positions of state and federal deputy aiming for political renewal. The documentary follows these women in their campaigns in 2018, showing that a new way of doing politics in Brazil is possible.
Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die
Brazil / US – 2019, 23’
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 2019, artists and activists used the 2019 Carnival to call for justice for AfroBrazilian Councilwoman Marielle Franco, assassinated in March 2018. In the midst of social protest and rising fear over the far-right Government of Jair Bolsonaro, the city is an active site of resistance and memorialization of Franco’s legacy. Faveladxs, Black women and Lesbian activists invest the city to ask "who ordered Marielle Franco's murder?"
About the Speakers:
Ethel Oliveira (Brazil)
Documentary filmmaker and editor. She studied Social Sciences at Fluminense Federal University (Rio de Janeiro/BR) where developed research with the Laboratory of Ethnographic Film with Guaraní indigenous people from Rio and Mato Grosso do Sul. For ten years she lived in Olinda, Pernambuco, where she was crossed by the entire universe of popular culture and together with some groups developed projects around popular communication and human rights. Her latest works are the short films Terceira Diaspora (2011), Vinte de Novembro (2011) and Arremate (2017); and the Baobá Festival of African Cinema (2018). She is the recipient of the 2020 Fundo Baobá - Black leadership acceleration program Marielle Franco.
Julia Mariano (Brazil)
Director, producer and screenwriter, focused on documentaries. Graduated in direction at the School of Cinema and Television of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), in Cuba (2005), between 2008 and 2009 she was a guest student at Baden-Württemberg Filmakademie, Stuttgart, Germany, where she directed the documentary Gegen den Strom (40') . In 2012, she wrote and produced the feature film A Batalha do Passinho (Best Documentary at Novos Rumos Section at Festival do Rio, 2013). She directed the short films Ameaçados/Threatened (2014, Public Award at the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival) and Do Corpo da Terra (2016). In 2017 she directed the documentary tv series Desde Junho/Since June.
Leonard Cortana (France/Guadeloupe)- Convener
Ph.D Candidate at the Cinema Studies Department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard Law School. His doctoral research focuses on the circulation of transnational film narratives about racial justice and activist movements, that re-open wounded historical memories between Brazil, France and overseas territories and the US and on the transnational memorialization of Black activist figures such as Marielle Franco in these territories. He directed his short film Marielle’s Legacy will Not Die in 2019 at the NYU Center for Culture and Media.
Raquel Barreto (Brazil) -Moderator
Raquel Barreto is a doctoral candidate in History at the Universidade Fluminense in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Barreto is currently working on her dissertation titled “The Black Panther Party, visual and political culture, (1966-1973).” Barreto holds a Master’s degree in Social History from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio); her research there focused on thinkers and activists Angela Davis and Lélia Gonzalez. Her research interests center the work of Black artists and dissident black political thinking produced by the African Diaspora, especially contributions by Black women. In 2019, she shared discussions with Angela Davis and Patricia Hill Collins in Brazil and wrote the preface of Angela Davis' autobiography, published in Brazil. Barreto is co-curator of the exhibition “Carolina María de Jesús, um Brasil para os brasileiros” that will be shown at the Instituto Moreira Salles São Paulo in 2021 as part of its Biennial.