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Xica da Silva, the Film, and Ideological Patrols: Brazil, diaspora and inter-racial relations then and now

February 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Brazil Research Seminar Series invites you to its discussion titled,“Xica da Silva, the Film, and Ideological Patrols: Brazil, diaspora and inter-racial relations then and now” with Liv Sovik, professor at School of Communication of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

 

Liv Sovik teaches at the School of Communication of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, editor of a major collection of Stuart Hall’s work, entitled Da diáspora (UFMG, 2003), and author of Aqui ninguém é branco (Aeroplano, 2009), on whiteness and mestiçagem in the Brazilian imaginary, and of numerous articles on Brazilian identity and culture, often taking the Brazilian tradition of popular music as a starting point or field of study. She will be a visiting scholar at Columbia’s Department of Anthropology until March 2018.

Brazil has been thought of, historically, as an “extension of Europe under inhospitable circumstances,” as Caetano Veloso once said. The history of slavery and the presence of the Afro-Brazilian population are included in that view. The proposed presentation is part of a larger project to read Brazilian cultural singularity in light of diaspora, rather than Europe. The project investigates some of the figurations of the ex-slave Chica da Silva (1734?-1796), taken to wife by the most powerful man in colonial Brazil. She has inspired novels, film, plays, poetry, songs, carnival parades, and a television series. This investigation looks at variations in the symbolic violence of racism, as well as the cultural resources and communicative practice generated within this diasporic society.

This presentation focuses on Xica da Silva (1976), a film by Cacá Diegues, and on the reviews published in the important critical newspaper Opinião in October 1976. The review by Afro-Brazilian historian and activist Beatriz Nascimento, titled “The Slavequarters as Seen from the Mansion House”, provoked a reply from Diegues two years later, when he said “patrulhas ideológicas” were policing cultural production. This created a major polemic, in which the patrulhas were associated with the orthodox Left, just as the military regime was loosening its hold on the media and the arts. Meanwhile Nascimento’s review was forgotten. The accusation of patrulhamento was revived in 2017 against black filmmakers’ and critics’ reaction to Daniela Thomas’s film Vazante, set on a slave plantation. How is Chica da Silva read, in the film and the reviews? How did the polemic relate race and slavery to Left politics? How have the issues changed since 1978? These are some of the questions the presentation will answer.

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Date:
February 22, 2018
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Phone:
212-854-4643
Website:
ilas.columbia.edu