CENTERPIECE – Multicultural Shorts

Saturday, June 9 @ 6 pm 

Jimmy Jean-Louis Visits Tijuana, The Exception and the Rule & Scattered Africa + Q&A followed by reception

Jimmy Jean-Louis Visits Tijuana


Short | Documentary

Directed by: Todd Kellstein

Runtime: 16 | Country: US

What do Tijuana and Haitians have in common? Recently… a whole lot. Tijuana has become home for a community of thousands of Haitian refugees. They took great risks and traveled long distances to live somewhere they felt would be a better life and provide better working conditions. However, many of them have gotten stuck within a frisbee’s throw south of the US border due to recent border control laws. Living in limbo.

The Exception and the Rule

exception_and_rule_2Director: Joel Zito Araujo
From: Brazil
Year: 1997   Minutes: 38
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

On March 13, 1992, Vicente Francisco do Espirito Santo, a Black Brazilian who worked in a government-owned electricity company, was fired from his job. It did not take long for him to realize that his dismissal was directly linked to his skin color. Encouraged by his union and a strong Black empowerment movement, he began a judicial process which he won, and as a result was reinstated in his former position. This informative documentary about an unknown victory illustrates how the courts of Brazil did recognize the company’s prejudice and racism in a country where such realities are usually dismissed as atypical.




Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora – Q&A with Doctor Walker after the screening and reception!

Sheila Walker Road Scholar

Director: Sheila Walker
From: USA
Year: :2017  Minutes: 29
Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora. Based on her experiences of discovering the origins of her own US African American culture in Africa and experiencing its relationships with other Afrodescendant cultures in the Americas, anthropologist Sheila Walker shares new perspectives on the Americas by introducing us to the people who were her teachers and cultural guides. Emphasizing both commonalities and specificities, Afrodescendant scholars and community leaders from nations such as Argentina and Uruguay in which the African past and presence has often been declared non-existent; Peru and Colombia where, although acknowledged to exist, it has been underestimated and misrepresented; and Surinam and Brazil, where African cultural forms characterize the national cultures; discuss their own discoveries of their African heritage and the nature of the scattered transnational community that today constitutes the Pan-American African Diaspora.

About Sheila Walker

Biography: Sheila Walker, Ph.D, cultural anthropologist and filmmaker, is Executive Director of Afrodiaspora, Inc., a non-profit organization that is developing documentaries and educational materials about the global African Diaspora. She has done fieldwork, lectured, consulted, and participated in cultural events in much of Africa and the African Diaspora. Her works include the documentary film, Slave Routes: A Global Vision, for the UNESCO Slave Route Project, and an edited book, Conocimiento desde adentro: Los Afrosudamericanos hablan de sus pueblos y su historia (Afro-South Americans Speak of their Peoples and their History), featuring articles by Afrodescendants from all of the Spanish-speaking countries of South America. She also edited the volume African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas and produced the documentary Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora. Dr. Walker was Director of the Center for African and African American Studies, the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor in the College of Liberal Arts, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, and she was the William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the African Diaspora and the World Program at Spelman College.


WHAT: 16th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival – Chicago

WHEN:  June 8-June 14, 2018

WHERE: Facets Cinémathèque

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For a full schedule and to order advance tickets online please call 773-281-4114 or 212-864-1760 or visit or  Tickets are  $15 for Opening Night and $10 general admission.

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