PAST EVENT: Tu 3/12: BloomScreen presents: Batuque, the Soul of a People

Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 pm

Batuque, the Soul of a People (2005, 52 min) is director Julio Silvão Tavares’ documentary on the Batuque; a dance and music art form of Cape Verde.

Batuque was forbidden and devalued during colonization, as it was considered subversive and offensive to moral decency. Its origins go back to the arrival of the first enslaved Africans on the Cape Verdean islands, in 1462. The rhythms and movements of Cape Verde’s most ancient cultural manifestation of dance and music are now at the core of its popular music revival. (Portuguese with English subtitles).

Our film will be followed by a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Julio Silvão Tavares, who will join us via Skype from Cape Verde.

Bloombars, in association

with the Camões Institute, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Georgetown University, the Washington Portuguese Language Meetup and the Embassies of Cape Verde, Brazil and Portugal, is proud to present our monthly series which highlights Portuguese language film and Lusophone culture.

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*Suggested Donation: $10 to support BloomBars. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.

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

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