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Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film: Stolen Moments… Imagining the Black Subject



Join us on Tuesday, October 11 through Saturday, October 15 for the Stone Center’s annual Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent film. This year’s theme is Stolen Moments…Imagining the Black Subject, with films from across the diaspora including the US, Niger, Haiti, Jamaica, Brazil, Trinidad &Tobago, France, Angola, and Cuba. All screenings are FREE and OPEN to the public and will take place at the Stone Center. Film descriptions and screening schedules are listed below. For more detail on screening times, please visit the Stone Center website:stonecenter.unc.edu or call 919-962-9001.

Friday, October 14 (7pm- 9:30pm):


Dir: Martine Jean | Haiti/US | Short feature |13Min

After being dragged across the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic by Dominican authorities, a woman of Haitian descent struggles to regain her identity

David’s Reverie

Dir: Neil Creque Williams | USA 2014 | Documentary Short | 20 Mins

A jazz musician struggles to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging career.

Of Slaves and Saints (Escravos E Santos)

Dir: Marcio de Abreu |Brazil |Short Documentary | 26Min

In the confines of the outback of Bahia, every 12th of October, men and women gather to celebrate the Langa of Our Lady Aparecida. To the fervent sounds of prayers and traditional music, they dance and sing throughout the night, expressing their devotion to the Black saint. But this mystical scenario conceals sad stories. These are stories of pain and suffering. Stories of enslaved men and women, told by the Black people of the region, the way they heard from their grandparents and great-grandparents.

PAN! Our Music Odyssey 

Dir: Jérôme Guiot | Trinidad & Tobago | Feature Documentary | 80Min

During World War II, underprivileged urban gangs used discarded oil drums to make a musical instrument. This is story of the creation of the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the only new acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th century.

Black Code (Code Noir)

Dir: Louis Henderson |USA,France 2015 | Short |21 Min

Black Code / Code Noir brings together various temporally and geographically disparate elements into a critical reflection on two recent events: the respective murders of Michael Brown and Kajieme Powell by police officers in Missouri, USA, 2014. Taking an archaeological perspective on these murders the film looks into the material that exists in the present and traces a route through history to try and find the complex origins of what makes such tragedies occur. Arguing that behind this present is a sedimented history of slavery that has been preserved by the Black Code laws that were written for the colonies in the Americas beginning in the 17th century, the film claims that these codes have transformed into the algorithms that guide the analysis of police big data that lead to the necropolitical control of African Americans today.


Dir.: Mario Bastos | Angola 2015 | Documentary| 110Mins

Independence begins with memories of the colonial situation in Angola, reveals the first steps in the struggle and covers the main settings where it took place. From 1961 to 1974, the war in Angola spread from the bush areas in the North and Cabinda to the flood plains in the East, involving many, many people, the guerrillas and those that supported them. Meanwhile, prisons and prison camps were full of political prisoners. Using military endeavor as well as economic and legal reforms, Portugal managed to prolong a war that it could not win.


October 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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