HAITI AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Friday, October 14 - 7:00pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd. (135th Street), New York
Mirrors of the Heart: Race and Identity
Lourdes Portillo (1993, 30 mins)
Lourdes Portillo's 1993 film explores racial consciousness and identity in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Mirrors of the Heart is a compelling companion piece to the recently completed Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided.
Haiti and the Dominican Republic An Island Divided
Henry Louis Gates (2011,1 hr.)
In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’s hard fight for liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire became a double-edged sword.
Q & A will follow all films.
Presented in partnership with WNYC Radio, NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Bronx Museum of the Arts.
With the generous support of WK. Kellogg Foundation.