Journey to Bahia this August with the filmmaker for the Festa of the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte see Journey to Bahia page
Yemanjá Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil
narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker A film by Donna C. Roberts and Donna Read
Ancient knowledge. Timeless values. A universal story for humanity today. A documentary film about the Candomblé spiritual culture in Bahia, Brazil. Grounded in strong community and Earth-based wisdom, this vibrant tradition evolved from the ways of enslaved Africans. The film explores Candomblé's history, social challenges and triumphs through the voices of extraordinary women leaders.
(photo of Mãe Filhinha of Yemanjá-Ogunté, 109-years great! by Gerald Lee Hoffman, copyright 2013)
upcoming public screenings:
Albany, NY April 26,6 p.m.University of Albany/SUNY Imagining Slavery, Envisioning Freedom Symposium
Santa Barbara, CA May 9, 6 p.m. University of California at Santa Barbara, Multicultural Center
Great writer and activist Alice Walker, our film's narrator, joined us for a glorious visit to Pittsburgh for a screening, panel discussion, andworkshops for girls and women. Alice's comments on her blog below. We were also honored by the participation of Candomblé scholar/Iya Dr. Rachel Elizabeth Harding and Iya/Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman. Details of this extraordinary event on our website's Blog. Axé! Ashé! Ase!
For a full list of screenings, please see our Screenings / Eventos page.
Now booking screening engagements for 2018 & 2019 with the film & companion photography exhibit, Goddesses of Nature (To request institutional/educational licenses and DVDs for private use, please contact D. Roberts, as below.)
Alice Walker says of the film: What a miracle is presented here. When I look into the faces of these great teachers, who have kept the faith the world, now in its direst hour, most needs, I am humbled and, yes, amazed. For this is what Truth means. No matter how hidden or abused, how enslaved and denied, it survives.
"It is so overwhelmingly powerful!....Not since watching the film Daughters of the Dust have I seen such compelling visual images of Black women as institution builders, knowledge experts, and authoritative leaders (meaning not solely figureheads) in an African or African diasporic context." -Dr. Dianne M. Stewart, Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Emory University
Support our continued work promoting both original versions of the film with a gift from our project. (A Spanish language version is currently in production. )
- $225 Aluminum mounted 11 x 17 signed photograph of Mãe Filhinha (film's "key art") and perpetual calendar (perpetual calendar including traditional Brazilian recipes can be used year after year!) - $125 11 x 17 signed photograph of Mãe Filhinha and perpetual calendar - $100 Signed 11 x 17 limited edition "new" signed photos of Mãe Filhinha or image from our exhibit, Goddesses of Nature ( see images here: "Mãe Filhinha" gallery or "Goddesses of Nature Exhibit" https://morningskystudio.photoshelter.com/portfolio/G0000IL64pNeFBYo ) - $70 Signed 10 x 13 photo (as above) - $50 Signed 6 x 9 photo (as above) - $30 Perpetual calendar Please donate using PayPal via the "Donate" tab above, or call/email us to use a credit card without using PayPal. (*additional $5 -$10 for shipping in U.S depending on item)
If you wish to make a 100% tax-deductible charitable donation, you may do so via checks payable to our fiscal sponsor, "Pittsburgh Filmmakers" with memo "Yemanja film". Checks should be mailed to: Donna C. Roberts, Project Zula 426 Hastings St. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil is a production of Project Zula LLC / Projeto Zula Donna C. Roberts, Executive Director Copyright 2015, Project Zula LLC Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/yemanjathefilm.com Tel. U.S. 239/771-9759 Skype: donnacroberts1
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