Friday 25 October, 16:10
Cultural Center Caisa (Kaikukatu 4, Helsinki)
A short films screening & a conversation between Léo Custódio (ARMA Alliance) and filmmaker Tai Linhares (Brazil/Germany)
In recent years, Black Brazilians have increasingly created new narratives about what it means to be Black in Brazil. Filmmaking has been an especially powerful process for the documentation of nuances of Blackness in contemporary Brazil.
In partnership with the Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance (ARMA Alliance, funded by Koneen Säätiö - Kone Foundation) and Goethe-Institut Finnland, Cuarto Cine and Cinemaissi proudly present the screening of short films that represent different types of narratives on Brazilian Blackness: Parda (Mixed Race, Tai Linhares, 2019), Favela que me viu crescer (Favela that has seen me grow, Cafuné na laje, 2015) and KBela (Yasmin Thayná, 2015).
Following the screening, we will have a conversation between ARMA Alliance’s co-coordinator Léo Custódio and filmmaker Tai Linhares, director of Parda. They will reflect on the current moment of Black narratives in Brazil.
In this interview, researcher Leo Custodio opens up the context of the discussions on blackness in Brazil and in Finland and reflects on the role of new media, including films, have an important role in shaping these discussions.
PARDA (Mixed Race)
Brazil, 2019, 29 min
An authoritarian regime plans to restore white supremacy in Brazil. Their first act is to demand the return of all white Brazilian citizens living abroad. In the midst of this political chaos, Tai needs to prove that she is not white, but is faced with uncertainty about her own racial identity. The film delves into the ambiguous concept of race in Brazil, exploring the traces left by its colonial past and the family history of the director. An exploratory journey between fiction and documentary.
FAVELA QUE ME VIU CRESCER (Favela that has seen me grow)
Coletivo Cafuné na Laje
Brazil, 2015, 15 min
A film that portrays the life of Tia Dorinha, Vó Chiquinha, Tião do Azul and Mais Preto. Following their own narratives and everyday lives, the film ties their narratives to the affective relationships build throughout the years at favela Jacarezinho, in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil, 2015, 22 min
A sensitive look at the experience of racism suffered daily by black women. The discovery of an ancestral power emerges from their natural hair transcending whitening. A subjective exercise of self-representation and empowerment.