The African Activist Association at UCLA presents a screening of a film from Guinea Bissau, The Blue Eyes of Yonta By Flora Gomes.
The Blue Eyes of Yonta is an offbeat, lilting film with a dreamy quasi-Caribbean rhythm. It tells a tale that assesses the progress Guinea-Bissau has made on its long march to independence. By tracing the interplay between love and sadness, Flora Gomes paints a beautiful portrait of a city, which has sparks and surprises around every corner. It looks candidly at the filmmaker's country with all its problems, yet regards its characters with warmth and tenderness. It is a lucid and at the same time joyous film. (from California Newsreel)
Film in Portuguese with English subtitles.
Post film discussion and commentary led by Cassandra Tesch, M.A. Candidate in African Studies, UCLA.
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Africa Film Series:
The Blue Eyes of Yonta is the first in a series of Africa/Africa-related/diaspora films that will be sponsored by the African Activist Association. More details will discussed at the screening of this film.
About the African Activist Association (AAA) at UCLA:
AAA was started over 35 years ago by activist graduate students at UCLA. Currently, the mission of AAA is to provide a forum through which Africanists across disciplines can collaborate to increase awareness of issues concerning Africa. AAA aims to encourage positive and productive discourse about Africa both within the UCLA community and beyond.
Cost: Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day ($9) parking available in lot 3.
Sponsor(s): African Activist Association at UCLA.
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