Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 pm
That’s My Face (E Minha Cara) (2001, 56 min) – is filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris’ meditation on the African Diaspora, and his own journey of self-discovery through travels to Brazil and Africa.
His grandparents’ African Methodist-Episcopal church taught that Africa was a place that could only be saved by missionaries. But, Thomas’ mother was part of the 1970’s movement that regarded Africa as home so, when Thomas was a child, she moved the family to Tanzania, East Africa.
However, when they arrived in modern city of Dar-es-Saalam, Africa seemed more like Miami, and not the ‘motherland’ they had imagined. When Thomas returned to the US, he felt unable to express his newfound identity. Even his AME faith failed to provide him comfort, until he learns that in Brazil, beneath the patina of conventional Christian iconography lies a rich double life of African ancestral worship. So, like his mother, Thomas sets out on a journey, this time to Brazil, to discover home and a sense of belonging.
Through family Super 8MM footage, Harris reflects on his cultural heritage, and on the broader issues of race, religion and social relationships.
Our film will be followed by a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, via Skype video.
*Suggested Donation: $10 to support BloomBars. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.
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