Film screening (1h 45m) followed by a discussion with the film’s co-director Éthel Oliveira
New York Premiére!
This film shows the aftermath of the tragic assassination of Marielle Franco, the only Black councilwoman from the city of Rio de Janeiro, and how it inspired Black women across Brazil to run for office. The film follows several women in various stages throughout their 2018 electoral campaigns, demonstrating the possibility of doing politics in a new way, and transforming mourning into struggle.
The Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee (DDB- NY) and the New York University’s Urban Democracy Lab are partnering with The People’s Forum to bring Éthel Oliveira to New York for the discussion of the original documentary that she co-directed with Júlia Mariano: Sementes: Mulheres Pretas no Poder (Seeds: Black Women in Power, 2020).
Éthel Oliveira is an Afro-Brazilian filmmaker and activist who is dedicated to sharing and uplifting the stories and resilience of Black people in Brazil. She’s also a film club member, and editor. She is co-producer of Sementes: Mulheres Pretas no Poder (Seeds: Black Women in Power, 2020). Éthel studied social sciences at Fluminense Federal University, researching the Guaraní indigenous people in Rio and Mato Grosso do Sul through the Ethnographic Film Laboratory and spent ten years producing human rights media projects in Pernambuco. Her previous works are Terceira Diaspora (Third Diaspora) and Vinte de Novembro (November 20, 2011), Arremate (The End, 2017), and the Baobá African Cinema Showcase in Recife (2018).
Note from the organizers:
Thank you to Bryan McCann and Melyssa Haffaf from Georgetown University for bringing Éthel to the East Coast, as well as Prof. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour of the University of Milwaukee- Winsconsin; Prof. Gianpaolo Baiocchi for the Urban Democracy Lab; filmmakers Léo Cortana and Miguel Silveira; and all of DDB members, especially Natalia de Campos, Marianna Olinger, Juliana Valente and Myriam Marques for the support.