Quilombo

The Quilombo Space is a showcase of independent artists and cultural producers from Brazil’s urban periphery. In Brazil, the quilombo was a maroon community where formerly enslaved Africans and their descendents settled, and forged a new society, resisting their exploitation and dehumanization. Today, the term quilombo symbolizes hope, solidarity, freedom, and autonomy for subaltern peoples of Brazil and around the world. 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 musicians, filmmakers, poets and artists who are changing the cultural landscape of Brazil today.

Quilombo

The Quilombo Space is a showcase of independent artists and cultural producers from Brazil’s urban periphery. In Brazil, the quilombo was a maroon community where formerly enslaved Africans and their descendents settled, and forged a new society, resisting their exploitation and dehumanization. Today, the term quilombo symbolizes hope, solidarity, freedom, and autonomy for subaltern peoples of Brazil and around the world. 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 musicians, filmmakers, poets and artists who are changing the cultural landscape of Brazil today.

Rossandra Leone 

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Rossandra is one of those people who inspired us to continue the fight when we met her. A Black lesbian from the peripheries, her talent as a young filmmaker is undeniable. Despite the fact that she is new to this career, she has already won prizes and gained recognition in many Brazilian film festivals.  

As a multimedia student, she produced the movie “O Jogo”. Later, she became involved with Cinema Negro. She had access to very few resources, but persisted in infusing quality in her work, and she realized this is a tough business.  

She relied on her warrior and street savvy (“suburban”) characteristics; here it is worth highlighting that the suburbs in Brazil are places where the majority of the residents are poor and black. She used these qualities to fight and overcome obstacles. 

In this interview, Rossandra Leone talks about her fears and the condition of being an invisible suburbanite, which she exposes on the screen in her movie, “Real Card,” a short about the city of Rio de Janeiro’s challenges and contradictions. 

Her most recent prize-winning movie, “Blackout,” is running successfully in film festivals, and has received rave reviews. Described by Leone as an “Afro futuristic film,” this is a fictional story of a black woman who manages to change the system. 

 Any resemblance to Rossandra might be just a coincidence. The peripheric skills and the dance for survival reminds us of the iconic lyrics from the great Brazilian songwriter Gonzaguinha: “on the adversary field it is wise to play cool while looking for a crack in their game to win.” 

Flávio Lima

Flávio Lima is a geography teacher and songwriter who recorded his own album “Sinestesia,” the author of articles such as “Nos Quintais Da Casa Do Artista Independente,” and the books, “Memórias Da Grande Madureira” (Afro Museum Rio – UERJ), and “Subúrbios Cariocas Uma Deriva Contemporânea Sobre Nosso Chão.” In collaboration with Rodolfo Bertamé, he wrote the book “Diálogos Suburbanos”. Flávio is the founder and artistic director of the Cultural Center CASARTI – Casa do Artista Independente, and the founder of MAIS – Movement of Independent Artists from the Suburbs.

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