The Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University presents the Digital Brazil Project a multimedia amplifier of Brazilian culture, thought, and social action. Through exclusive virtual content featuring scholars, activists, and cultural producers, the Digital Brazil Project seeks to expand accessibility to Brazilian Studies for the SDSU community and beyond.
Sônia Guajajara at the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies
Sônia Guajajara belongs to the Guajajara/Tentehar people, who live in the forests of the Araribóia in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. Her militancy began in her youth, in grassroots movements, but soon reached the National Congress – where she led the opposition against a series of projects that took away rights and threatened Indigenous peoples and the environment. In just a few years, she gained international prominence for her struggle waged on behalf of the rights of native peoples. In 2018, she was the first Indigenous person on the presidential ticket in Brazil. Today she is part of the leadership of the largest pan-Indigenous organization in Brazil, the Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil (APIB) and the Council of the Interfaith Initiatives for the Tropical Forests of Brazil, a United Nations program initiative.
The Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies has joined with the San Diego Latino Film Festival to bring Susanna Lira to San Diego to attend the screening of her new film, The Mother of All Struggles and visit SDSU film classes. To prepare for her visit, the SDSU Brazilian Film Series is pleased to present her 2018 documentary, Maiden’s Tower.
The Quilombo Space is a showcase of independent artists and cultural producers from Brazil’s urban periphery. Quilombo Space is curated and hosted by Flávio Lima, director of Casarti, A Casa do Artista Independente, a cultural center that supports the arts in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Join Flávio as he interviews the musicians, filmmakers, poets and artists who are changing the cultural landscape of Brazil today.
The Art Space offers interpretive exhibitions of Brazilian art. Our Fall 2021 exhibition, titled Constructed Identities/Layered Histories: Contemporary Collage in Brazil, explores works of collage and photomontage (both analog and digital) by four emerging Brazilian contemporary artists who use these media to create images of people and the human body that explore race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender and sexuality, as well as the legacies of colonialism in Brazil. See the monthly Artist Spotlight to learn more about these artists.
As part of our commitment to diversifying the voices represented in English-language media on Brazil, the Community Reporting Initiative features reporters and stories from urban neighborhoods in some of the country’s major metropolitan areas.
Collaboration with RioOnWatch