October 27, 2016   •   6:30PM  •  Chatham University

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Narrated by Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, who will be our special guest panelist at this Pittsburgh premiere!

This new award-winning documentary film by Donna C. Roberts (a Pittsburgh filmmaker) and Donna Read is about the fascinating Candomblé spiritual culture in Bahia, Brazil, a vibrant African-derived tradition which evolved from the ways of enslaved Africans in the New World’s largest slave port. Extraordinary elder women leaders tell stories of Candomblé’s history, social challenges and triumphs, grounded in strong community, and Earth-based wisdom and practice. The compelling and beautifully shot film recently won Best Documentary at the Gullah-Geechee Heritage & Film Festival and was nominated for Best International Film at BronzeLens Film Festival, Atlanta, after screening at Lincoln Center, NYC and in Cannes-France.

Our special guest panelists will be:

  • Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and narrator of film Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil.
  • Dr. Rachel Elizabeth Harding, University of Colorado, scholar of Indigenous spiritual traditions and Candomblé priestess.
  • Donna C. Roberts, producer, director and co-writer.

In conjunction with the screening, Chatham University’s Art Gallery will present a photography and paper art exhibit, Goddesses of Nature, shot on location by Yemanja videographer and still photographer Gerald Lee Hoffman. The exhibit will include handmade paper art by local youth, a product of a summer workshop facilitated by Hoffman and Mr. Keith Murphy of McKeesport Healthy Village Learning Institute community center.