Clips and Conversation with Raquel Cepeda
A screening of selections from her current documentary work-in-progress:
and a booktalk about recent publication:
Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina
Deconstructing Latina is a feature documentary about Latino identity in America. It follows a group of teenage girls from a suicide prevention program who are transformed by the exploration of their roots through the use of ancestral DNA testing. Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, is part memoir and part chronicle of Raquel Cepeda’s own year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry while looking at what it means to be a Latina today.
Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, writer and documentary filmmaker Cepeda directed and produced the film Bling: A Planet Rock, an acclaimed feature length documentary about American hip-hop culture’s obsession with diamonds. Bling: A Planet Rock was co-produced with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Founded in 1990, The African Film Festival, Inc., seeks to use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature and culture; To develop a non-African audience for African films; and To expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.
Over the last twenty years ago, AFF has honored its mission by creating diverse programs that aid and empower audiences and filmmakers alike, including the annual New York African Film Festival, which is co-presented with Film Society of Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Offering year-round programming, AFF showcases new and classic films, through such programs as the African Film Festival National Traveling Series presenting in 13 cities across the United States, and the internationally in Brazil, Sierra Leon, Jamaica, Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Furthermore, AFF also runs a series of Community-based screenings in which AFF partners with local cultural organizations to present films in a community setting.
African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.