Quilombo Country," narrated by Chuck D, now available to institutions
Brazil, once the world's largest slave colony, was a brutal
and deadly place for millions of Africans. But many thousands
escaped or rebelled, creating their own communities in Brazil's
untamed hinterland. Largely unknown to the outside world,
today these communities, known as quilombos, struggle to preserve
a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression.
"Quilombo Country" ("Quilombo" is an Angolan word meaning
"encampment") ranges from the Northeastern sugar-growing
regions to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, discussing issues
of political identity, land rights, and racial and socioeconomic
discrimination. Included are examples of the material culture that
allow the quilombolas to survive in relative isolation, including
hunting, fishing, construction and agriculture; and rare footage of
syncretic Umbanda and Pajelanca ceremonies; Tambor de Crioula,
Carimbo and Boi Bumba drum and dance celebrations; and Festivals
of the Mast. No other film currently in release addresses these
communities and illustrates all of these important Afrobrazilian
contributions to Brazilian and world culture.
"Quilombo Country" is narrated by Chuck D, the legendary
poet, media commentator and front man of the iconic
hip hop band Public Enemy.
In the past year Quilombo Country has been acquired by more
than 100 leading universities, museums and cultural organizations.
The director, Leonard Abrams, will present the film and speak at
the British Museum in London as a part of the film series
Resistance! on April 13th of this year.
For information on how to acquire "Quilombo Country," go to
http://www.quilombofilm.com/cart.htm or call 212-260-7540.
73 minutes * Digital Video * Portuguese with English subtitles