Tu 09/25: BloomScreen & AWNP present: The Language You Cry In and From Whence We Came

Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 pm

To commemorate African Heritage Month, BloomBars, Africa World Now Project and The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission present…

The Language You Cry In (1998, 52 min), by Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano – The story of how an important language link between the Gullah Geechee and the people of Sierra Leone was documented and reclaimed.

The film tells an amazing scholarly detective story reaching across hundreds of years and thousands of miles from 18th century Sierra Leone to the Gullah people of present-day Georgia. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans retained links with their African past through a song, a burial hymn of the Mende people brought by slaves to the rice plantations of the Southeast coast more than two hundred years ago. (English and Mende with English subtitles).

From Whence We Came (2017, 7 min), by Elizabeth Brown and Katherine Kelly – Learn what happens when members of Gullah Geechee communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida gather for a celebration that is over 150 years old: the Watch Night service commemorating the date of January 1, 1863 when enslaved people in the Low Country, the Sea Islands and throughout the United States emerged from bondage as a result of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring Heather L. Hodges, Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.

*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support both the Africa World Now Project and BloomBars. Free organic popcorn.

BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts, and other guests.

Directions: The location is a 7 minute walk from Columbia Heights METRO, and parking garages at Target and at Giant. Street parking available on 11th St and Kenyon St – next to Tubman ES.