The University of Iowa

Maluala – Slavery in Global Cinema Nov. 11

November 4th, 2010

The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. It 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 film is:

Maluala (1979) 89 min. This historical drama, set in Cuba in the nineteenth century, focuses on palenques (runaway slave communities that formed across colonial Latin America). A community of escaped slaves hidden in the mountainous jungles struggles for land and liberty. Directed by Sergio Giral; part of his trilogy on Cuban slavery.

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.