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Virtual Lectures

October 2021:

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.

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Film Series

When Brazil’s economic and social crisis deepened in the last decade, students protested and occupied hundreds of schools, demanding better public education and the end of austerity measures. The feature documentary “Espero tua (re)volta” / “Your Turn” depicts the Brazilian student movement from the protests of 2013 until the election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2018. Inspired by the collective voice of the movement itself, the documentary is narrated by three high school students, who represent central points of their struggle.

Now Streaming

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Quilombo

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.

Art Space

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.

Artist Spotlight:

Moara Tupinambá 

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Community Reporting

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.

Reporting Highlight:

Collaboration with RioOnWatch