A conversation with: Alfredo Vanin, Sergio Mosquera
Focusing on the work of writers of the African diaspora, “A Question of Africa” will bring together contemporary writers and artists to read and discuss their work and its contemporary contexts. As disparate members of a far-reaching African diaspora, each artist is invited to consider the ways in which the African continent, its countries and cities, its geographies and spatial imaginaries, its peoples—citizens and cast-offs, its histories, its sonic or visual figurations enter or inform their work and their creative process.
Sponsored by: Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, AfroLatin@ Forum, Dominican Studies Group, Colombian Studies Group, The Consulate of the Republic of Colombia
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:30pm
The Skylight Room (9100)
CUNY Graduate Center
by Melissa M. Valle
El Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias (FICCI) has just ended here in Cartagena, Colombia. It was an incredible opportunity to enjoy some cinematic gems from around the world (PELO MALO from Venezuela is excellent!). I recently watched La Grande Belleza, an Italian film that deservedly garnered a number of awards last year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJfvX6zPAuQ). Truly a thought-provoking, visually beautiful work of art. But oftentimes what’s most captivating about a film is the audience’s response to it. There was one scene where a Mother Teresa- saint like character was supposed to be visiting Rome. Religious figures from around the world gathered to greet her and the camera cuts to a white nun staring at a man whom we are supposed to assume is African. Well, the (primarily Afro-descendant youth) audience I was surrounded by just found that hilarious. But not more hilarious than when the larger group of Africans was taking a photo with “the saint.” That’s when the audience really had a good, hard laugh. Nothing like images of Africans wearing what people believe is the “traditional” dress to add comic relief to any program. Keep reading...
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