The University of Iowa

Double Feature Nov. 18 for ‘Slavery in Global Cinema’

November 12th, 2010

The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will feature two films Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.

This week’s films are:

Palenque: Un Canto (1992) 48 min. The descendants of African rebel slaves in the village of San Basilio de Palenque, in Colombia, preserve and maintain the culture of their African forebears in their music, dance and other aspects of their social lives. This very personal film provides both an historical account of their situation as well as sensitive documentation of their day-to-day struggles. Directed by Maria Raquel Bozzi.


Candombe (1993) 16 min. This documentary explores the contemporary culture of Uruguayan descendants of slaves from Africa. Fernando Núñez, a black man, a musician, and a maker of drums, sees himself as the heir to “Candombe,” an important social and cultural legacy from his slave forefathers. Although the official history and culture of Uruguay has never acknowledged the cultural significance of Candombe, Núñez and his friends from the Barrio Sur back street quarter of Montevideo fight to keep these important cultural roots alive in the consciousness of the Uruguayan people. Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Rafael Deugenio.

UI professors Elke Stockreiter, Catherine Komisaruk and Leslie Schwalm, all from the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and specialists in the study of slavery, will introduce each film.

For more information, contact Leslie Schwalm at or 319-335-2299.