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Afrobrazil Documentary Feb 14 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Quilombo Films announces a special Carnaval/Valentine’s Day screening of “Quilombo Country,” the award-winning feature documentary about Brazilian villages founded by escaped and rebel slaves, on Sunday, February 14th, 9:00 pm. This is right in the middle of Carnaval as well as Black History Month, so bring a date and come see a glimpse of life on communities that some call the very roots and soul of Brazil. Director Leonard Abrams will take questions from the audience, and DVDs of the film will be available for purchase. More info is below.
“Quilombo Country” to Screen Feb. 14 at Home of New York/Puerto Rican Culture
WHAT:       Carnaval/Valentine’s Day Screening of “Quilombo Country”
WHEN:       Sunday, February 14th, 2010, 9:00 pm [film runtime: 73 min.]
WHERE:     Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street [Aves B/C] NYC map
PLUS:        Q&A with director Leonard Abrams
CONTACT: Leonard Abrams at 212-260-7540 info@quilombofilm.com
COST:       $12. $1.00 will go to Haitian relief efforts.

Please note that seating is limited, so online ticket purchase before the day of the show is highly recommended. One dollar for each ticket purchase will be donated to an accredited Haitian relief organization.
If you can’t make the screening, you can acquire a DVD of the film for institutional use here.
Brazil, once the world’s largest slave colony, was brutal and deadly for millions of Africans. But many thousands escaped and rebelled, creating settlements in Brazil’s untamed hinterland. Largely unknown to the outside world, these communities struggle today to preserve a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression.
“Quilombo Country” tells the story of these communities, with rare footage of festivals and ceremonies that blend Catholic, African and native Amazonian rituals and customs, and examines issues of political identity, land rights, and racial and socioeconomic discrimination. The film is narrated by Chuck D,  the legendary poet, media commentator and leader of the iconic hip hop band Public Enemy.
“Quilombo Country” has played at more than 20 film festivals worldwide, winning Best Documentary at Black International Cinema Berlin, and has been acquired by more than 300 universities, museums and other cultural organizations.
The Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe is a much-loved institution that is legendary for giving the culture of all of Latin America a home in the Lower East Side of New York. We can’t imagine a more appropriate venue for a screening of “Quilombo Country.”
Quilombo Films is a production and distribution company currently distributing the highly informative film “The Paraguayan War.”

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