The University of Iowa

Slavery in Global Cinema Oct. 21

October 21st, 2010

The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, 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 films are:

The Shackles of Memory (1994) 52 min. A documentary about the Atlantic slave trade focusing on the 1800 slave ships from the French port city of Nantes. These French ships circled the coast of Africa, exchanging trade merchandise for black captives whom they later sold to the colonies being established in the New World. A flourishing trade with humans as the commodity brought their human cargo to a lifetime of misery and ill treatment at the hands of their masters. Directed by Michel Moreau.

Atlantico Negro: na rota dos Orixas / Black Atlantic: on the Orixas route (1998) 55 min. A Brazilian-made documentary that follows enslaved people from Africa to Brazil, with a focus on the spirituality, dance, and song they transferred to and transformed in the New World. Among the many traditions were the language and gods of Yoruba and Jejes from the Republic of Benin. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Directed by Renato Barbie

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.