Frequências Keynote Lecture by Janaína Oliveira

Mar 30, 2023

03:15 PM - 04:15 PM

FilmScene (Chauncey), Theater 2

404 East College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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This event is part of the 2023 Obermann Humanities Symposium, Frequências: Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema & the Black Diaspora.

"Echoing Frequências: Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Cinema & the Black Diaspora”

In this keynote, Janaína Oliveira (Federal Instituto of Rio de Janeiro) will critically overview the emergence of contemporary Afro-Brazilian cinema and its connections with other diasporas and the African continent through her curatorial practices.

Janaína Oliveira is a curator and researcher who holds a doctorate in history and was a Fulbright scholar at the Center for African Studies at Howard University (USA). She is one of the founders of FICINE—Fórum Itinerante de Cinema Negro. Her research focuses on Black Brazilian and aphrodiasporic cinemas and also on African cinematographies. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations and the Ministry of Culture of Brazil. She has worked as a programmer and consultant for several festivals worldwide. In 2018, in partnership with Tessa Boerman and Peter Van Hoof, she programmed the 28-film programme "Soul in the Eye: Zózimo Bulbul’s legacy and the contemporary emergence of black Brazilian Cinema" at the 48th edition of the Rotterdam International Festival (IFFR). In 2019, she collaborated on the Black Light Retrospective exhibition at the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival. She served as the programmer for the 66th Flaherty Film Seminar.

Free and open to all. 

Major sponsorship comes from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, and the Office of the Vice President for Research Arts and Humanities Initiative Program. Generous supporters include FilmScene, the UI Stanley Museum of Art, the UI Department of Cinematic Arts, and the UI Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

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