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Harlem Library Cinema Series @ George Bruce - December 2010

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The New York Public Library, George Bruce Library and the National Black Programming Consortium are proud to bring you these free film screenings.

Scene from "Uprooted"Scene from "Uprooted"

Join us! The screenings will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM.

The third screening of the Fall (scheduled for December 8th) is entitled Uprooted. Here is a brief description from the NBPC site:

Uprooted is an intimate portrayal of the tragedy of displacement; a beautifully detailed tale about struggle and resilience; a bittersweet story of loss, love, family and dreams. At the center is Noris and her family, a mother and community leader displaced since 1996 living in Villa Espana, a refugee shelter near Quibdo, a growing city on Colombia's Pacific Coast.

Scene from "Uprooted"Scene from "Uprooted"

After independence from Spain (1819), the region was left largely to communities of freed and runaway slaves and indigenous peoples dispersed along the river basin. Since the late 1980s, the Colombian Pacific has become a new frontier for development and as Colombia's civil war escalates, violence and mass displacement are rampant as struggles for land and resources intensify. Noris' captivating story lends a human face to an often invisible and dehumanized population—Afrocolombians. Uprooted is a counter-narrative to humanize internal refugees in Colombia and across the world.

See you there.

Explore Further:

  1. Use the library's electronic databases to learn more about the displacement of Afrocolombians. Look at several articles in Academic Search Premier
  2. Search the library's catalog to explore the subject of Afrocolombians. Here is one title to take a look at:  Black and green: Afro-Colombians, Development, and Nature in the Pacific Lowlands
  3. Learn more about The National Black Programming Consortium. Visit www.blackpublicmedia.org and browse their site to see what they're all about.

Each month I will update this blog with the current month's title.

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