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10/30-31 “Quilombo” Fundraiser, Film Screening and Performance

Posted by novoscene on October 30, 2007

Originally formed in the 1600’s, Quilambos were large communities of freed Africans and a smattering of Brazilian, Portuguese, Jewish and other marginalized peoples from the Brazilian countryside. After fighting for their freedom, these former slaves found themselves thousands of miles from home with no connection to their origins and cultures. The Quilambos emerged as refuges and centers of culture and along with Haiti, and US towns like Allensworth and Rosewood, served as examples of Africans throughout history surviving and thriving (temporarily at least) after gaining their independence from slavery.

For the next two nights, the Oakland Public Conservatory will be hosting a fundraiser for Kim McMillon’s play “Quilombo,” a cross cultural project bringing scholars, artists, students and community leaders together for a collaborative adaptation of Award-winning filmmaker Carlos Diegues’ 1984 film by the same name. Tonight McMillon and friends will read from the play with accompanying music by poet and percussionist Avotja, followed by a screening of the Diegues film, which features a soundtrack by famed Brazilian master Gilberto Gil. Wednesday night features a “Quilambo Ancestors Night” lecture by scholar Robert King.

Quilombo Play Fundraiser and performance
Tue: Fundraiser/Pay What you can
Wed: Free
6-9 pm
The Oakland Public Conservatory
1616 Franklin Street, Oakland
(510) 836-4649

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