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Silvana Afram

Filmmaker and writer Silvana Afram’s MULHERES NEGRAS (1986) is considered one of the earliest contributions to Brazil’s contemporary debate on identity, gender, and racism. This upbeat, sensitive, and elegantly composed documentary examines the ways black women have coped with deep traces of racism which exist in the world’s second largest "African" nation; validating their lives through their own music and religion. Afram also delves into the effects of colonialism in Brazil through her film DARKNESS OF MY LANGUAGE (1988). (07/09)


Black Women of Brazil
Directed by Silvana Afram, 1986, 25 min., Color

Despite official jargon to the contrary, Brazilians live in a racially segregated class system. This upbeat, sensitive and elegantly composed document...



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