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AluCine  Latin Film & Media Arts Festival is beyond just what its title suggests. Although its origins are in experimental short films, these days it is a lot more. They present short and often experimental films from around the world and also showcase artistic performances and talks about culture.  Best of all,  this year AluCine has invited us to to present a series of Afro-Brazilian documentary shorts that will be featured on March 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Jackman Hall, in the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The description and media photos of the films are below.

A sister organization, AluCine has been active for almost 20 years. Over the years we have been involved in many a party together, whether just our common peoples dancing up a storm at the Gladstone, or Uma Nota and Dos Mundos presenting their closing party in 2011. Last Saturday our own General Eclectic, alongside Bavia Arts‘ Luciano Porto, spoke about West African influence in Brazilian & Latin music. In line with that theme, Newton Moraes presented an Afro-Brazilian dance class & performance at Bavia Arts Centre on Sunday. Check the programming for the whole festival here. You can like AluCine’s Facebook page for current updates.

The program we are presenting was curated by Moira Toledo, the curator for the International Short Film Festival in São Paulo. She and her assistants Bruno Rezende and Tereza Temer are scheduled to be in Toronto for the screening.

The curatorial statement by Moira Toledo:

“This rich program made by Afro-Brazilian filmmakers is simultaneously a testament to the creative potential of the Afro population of Brazil and to the forces that deny their realization. Inevitably, all the films we have selected highlight racism (both explicit and active) intolerance, and latent issues such as the prejudicial and homogeneous nature of mainstream beauty standards in Brazil.”

Defina-Se / 2002 / Brazil
Defina-Se is an audiovisual manifesto on the trajectory of the black population in Brazil from the senzala or “slave quarters” to the outskirts of the country’s major metropolises. 
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Eu Tenho a Palavra / 2010 / Brazil
The “language of the Black Coast” is a dialect that was created on plantations in Brazil by enslaved Africans. Incredibly, the language is still spoken today in Minas Gerais, Brazil, having been passed through many generations. 
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Zumbi Somos Nós / 2007 / Brazil

Proposing new ways of looking, thinking and acting, Zumbi Somos Nós attempts to generate a reflection on racial issues in contemporary Brazilian society, proposing new artistic strategies to address these issues. 
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AluCine is killing it in 2013!