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African Diaspora

I Is A Long-memoried Woman.

Based on a collection of poems by Guyanese British writer, Grace Nicols, this program chronicles the history of slavery thru the eyes of Caribbean women. Presented through a combination of monologue, dance and song. Director, Frances-Anne Solomon. 199?. 50 min. ; Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for LibrariesRelated web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

Iawo: Initiation in a Gege-Nago Temple.

Examines the Yoruba cult of Orisha, brought to the New World by black slaves, which survives to this day in areas such as Cuba and Brazil. By showing the initiation of a group of women into a temple (Iawo is the name for new priestesses), the film offers a deeper examination of the religion, its ideology and social meaning. 1978. 42 min.

Into the Rising Sun

In 1415, Cape Bojador along the northwest coast of Africa marked the point at which the known world ended and superstition began. Voyages of exploration spearheaded by Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator conquered that fear of the unknown--launching the colonial era and establishing a slave trade that decimated the African continent. 1999. 52 min.

Iron in the Soul (Portrait of the Caribbean)

A look at the history and the legacy of slavery in the British Caribbean; excerpts from a Jamaican plantation overseer's diary present a graphic account of slaves' lives. 1992. 45 min. [preservation copy];

Jump Over the Atlantic (Salto al Atlantico)

This film traces the similarities and cultural continuities between a small Afro-Venezuelan settlement in Barlovento (Estado Miranda, Venezuela) and the Belgian Congo in Africa, where people were captured as slaves in the nineteenth century. Showcases the everyday and traditional cultural practices that the two groups share: music, dance, and musical instruments, many words, food, dress, crafts, healing herbs and even hairstyles. A film by Maria Eugenia Esparragoza. 1990. 28 min.

La Noche de San Lazaro (The Night of San Lazaro)

A film examining the observance of the Night of San Lazaro as an example of the revival of religious freedom in Cuba. For some he is a healer saint, for others an African divinity. As thousands of pilgrims live a night of frenzy and immoderation, the filmmakers neither interpret nor analyze this religious event, but simply observe and present its visuals of fervor and devotion. 1997. 35 min.

Le Bouillon d'Awara (Awara Soup).

Introduces the viewer to one of the world's most multi-cultural communities, a global village in the backcountry of French Guiana. Mana is a town where 1500 people speak 13 different languages and live together in remarkable harmony. They include descendants of the indigenous Galibi Indians, of Bush negroes who escaped slavery, of mixed race Creoles, of East Indian contract rice laboreres, as well as more recent immigrants such as Hmong farmers from Vietnam, and refugees from Surinam.

Motherland: A Genetic Journey

Cut off from their ancestry by the three-hundred-year-long slave trade which uprooted 12 million people from Africa, three people are given the opportunity, through DNA searches, to reconnect with their roots. Through advances in DNA research and with the help of laboratories in the UK and America, the possibility arises that with a swab from the inside of a person's cheek they can trace back twelve or thirteen generations to the tribe of their ancestors. In this ground-breaking search three people discover their roots in Africa and the Caribbean. c2003. 90 min.

Motherland: Moving On

The film "Motherland: a genetic journey," followed three people of African descent who traced their roots through DNA testing. Shot in the UK, USA, Africa and Jamaica, this film picks up their story two years later. Mark discovers that his ancestors belonged to the Kanuri tribe but he cannot communicate with them since there is a language barrier. Beaula learns that she has ancestors that belong to more than one tribe and some of the people are only interested in what gifts she can offer them. Jacqueline visits English cousins who are white who accept her as part of the family.

Nganga Kiyangala: Congo Religion in Cuba

An examination of the history and practices of Nganga, the Bantu based belief system of the slaves brought to Cuba from the Congo region of Africa. Nganga is one of the sects in Cuba which are more than Christian in belief, rituals, music and dance. Some of the differences between the Lucumi (Yoruba/Santeria) and Abakua beliefs are also discussed. In Spanish with English subtitles. 1991. 34 min.

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