CRLAC & BBCC are delighted to present The Summer of Gods to our communities!
Callie Rose Literary Arts Café and Brasil Brasil Cultural Center set to host conversations on the hidden narrative of African cultural survival within the Americas, specifically within Brazil. While both organizations are screening the film “The Summer of Gods,” they are leading different discussions focused on the topic of survivorship and resiliency expected to inspire audiences at each event.
Callie Rose will host, “A Celebration of Resiliency & Resistance within the African Diaspora: A Night of Afro-Brazilian Culture” in partnership with Inglewood Cultural Arts on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00pm at Regency West in Leimert Park. This event will trace the Yoruba root of Afro-Diaspora spiritual traditions that have evolved within the Americas in countries such as Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad, and the American South, since the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The Afro-Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomble will be explored through dance, dialogue, and film as an example of a Yoruba based tradition. Presenting this evening will be Rachel Hernandez and her new dance company Ijo Emi; Ana Laidley, founder and director of Samba in Motion; Awo Falokun Fasegun (Earl White); Dr. Anna B. Scott, a dance ethnographer; and guest appearance by filmmaker Eliciana Nascimento. Linda Yudin (Viver Brasil) and Vida Vierra (Swing Brazil) will be the mistresses of ceremony.
Brasil Brasil Cultural Center will be hosting is annual Zumbi Festival November 21st through 23rd. This festival honors Zumbi, a national hero, symbol of African consciousness, and freedom fighter. Each year the Zumbi Festival honors the many traditions of Afro-Brazilian culture that demonstrate resistance, survival, and resiliency among persons of Indigenous and African descent. These traditions include the dance-fight game of Capoeira, Samba, traditional drumming, orixa dance, and language. Guests will be able to experience these art-forms through a robust offering of workshops taught by international teachers throughout the weekend. The screening of “The Summer of Gods” will be followed by an inter-disciplinary panel who will talk about the narrative of cultural and ethnic survival of both persons of African descent and the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon region. The Panel will include filmmaker, Eliciana Nascimento, Aeo Falokun Fasegun, Trifary White, Carla Stang (author of A Walk in the River Amazonia), Peter Lownds (educator), Mestre Accordeon & Capoeira Batuque’s own Mestre Amen Santo.