FILM ON SUNDAYS
AFRO IN THE CENTRE!
29 OCTOBER ̶ 3 DECEMBER
Afro in the Centre wishes to generate a space for encounter and reflection for the African / Afro-descendent / Black community in the context of Spain.
In The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explains how power is the capacity not only to write someone else’s history, but to ensure that that history is accepted as definitive. In this cycle, from absences and resistances, we will endeavour to create alternatives to the terrible narrative construed around black people in this unique history of film. We will speak of the importance of writing our own history.
Viewing various films and other audiovisual material will be excuse to turn the museum into an Afro-centred space for holding debates and conversations from different perspectives about the visual imaginary and the construction of our identities.
Curated by Rubén H. Bermúdez
SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 18:30
NO COUNTRY FOR BLACK WOMEN
No es país para negras (play) with Carolina Torres Sopaga, 2016, Spanish, 55 min.
Chat with Silvia Albert, Rita Bosaho and Winnie Idjabe
This stage play, written and performed by Silvia Albert Sopale, speaks of the experience of being a black woman in Spain.
Silvia Albert Sopale graduated from the School of Performing Arts in Murcia. She is a member of the dance-theatre company Beneath the Skin and is one of the founders of Black Barcelona.
Rita Bosaho is an Equatorial Guinean-Spanish health worker and activist. A militant in the Podemos political party, she was elected to the Congress of Deputies, representing the province of Alicante.
Winnie Idjabe is a student at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has been active in various organisations including Kwanzaa and EFAE (Empoderamiento Femenino Afrodescendiente en España), a collective for Afro-descendent Women’s Empowerment in Spain.
SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 18:30
HOW TO TELL OUR OWN STORIES
POLYGLOT (web-series) by A. Umuhire, 2015, French-English with subtitles in Spanish
Chat with Lucia Mbomio
In this session, with the aid of her own documentaries, Lucia Mbomio will explain how to tell a story in audiovisual format from scratch, and will speak to us about the imaginary that has been most influential on her, and the importance of telling our own stories.
Lucia Mbomio is a journalist and storyteller. She currently works for RTVE, the Spanish public radio and television service.
SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER 18:30
MAMMY, THE BLACK MAN IS CRAZY
Space is the place by John Coney, 1974, English with subtitles in Spanish, 85 min.
Chat with Ken Province and El Chojin
A 1970s Afro-futurist sci-fi movie. Ken Provence will be in conversation with El Chojin on the need to know more about the African roots of Afro-descendent cultural workers born and raised in Spain.
Ken Provence is an MC and music producer. He is also a director and founder of United Minds, a pan-Africanist cultural-educational association.
El Chojin is an internationally known Spanish rapper born in Torrejón de Ardoz.
SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 18:30
SEXUAL DISSIDENCES. OR HOW TO THINK LGTB FROM OUR NEGRITUDES
The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye, 1976, English with subtitles in Spanish, 90 min
Chat with Esther Mayoko
The Watermelon Woman in an indie film dealing with the search by Cheryl, a black lesbian, for a black actress from Philadelphia known as 'Watermelon Woman' who appeared in movies in the 1930s.
After the screening, Esther Mayoko Ortega will speak about the lack of referents, and of bonds and strategies from sexual dissidence.
Esther Mayoko Ortega is a university docent, and activist and researcher in CTS, feminism, trans, sexuality and race.
SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 17:00 (double session)
Sembene! by Samba Gadjigo, 2015, English with subtitles in Spanish, 88 min.
Orígenes by Pedro Mba, 2016, various languages with subtitles in Spanish, 112 min.
Chat with Agnes Essonti and Mamadou Cheikh
Two documentaries dealing the subject of decolonisation. First of all, Sembene!, which explores the life and work of the mythical film director known as the "father of African cinema". Afterwards Orígenes speaks of the past, present and future of Equatorial Guinea.
After the screening of the two films, there will be a debate led by Mamadou Cheikh and Agnes Essonti, on film in the period of decolonisation and its developments until contemporary cinema.
Mamadou Cheikh lectures in the Master in Thinking and Culture of Black Peoples at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and is president of AISE (Asociación de Inmigrantes Senegaleses en España / Association of Senegalese Immigrants in Spain). Agnes Essonti is a young artist working mainly with photography and film and is an editor of 'The Melanink Files'.
SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 18:30
WHO DIRECTED THIS?
Get Out, by Jordan Peele, 2017, English with subtitles in Spanish, 104 min.
Chat with Astrid Jones and Emilio Buale from The Black View
Get Out is a thriller in which a young Afro-American man is caught up in a dramatic situation due to racial reasons.
The Black View is an association of black artists and actors in Spain.