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Other Africas: Unearthing Afro Memories in Rio de Janeiro

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Andre Cicalo (Photographer)

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Abstract

This is the teaser of my short documentary, "Outras Áfricas: Unearthing Afro Memories in Rio de Janeiro". The film (in Portuguese with English subtitles) discusses some aspects of the making process of the heritage of slavery in the port region of Rio de Janeiro, after the prolonged institutional forgetting of the city's slave past. Since 2011 the city council of Rio de Janeiro has been creating a Circuit of African Heritage. The pillar of the Circuit is represented by the archaeological remains of old slave-trade docks, which came to surface during works on the local pipeline system. The film raises some questions about how memorialisation of the black people's past may interweave with processes of urban regeneration of Rio's waterfront (particularly in view of the 2016 Olympics) and with the present scenario of racial politics in Brazil.

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