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The Revolutionary Faces of Africa

11 May 2018

The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies within the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Gordon Institute of Business Science, will be hosting a series of Africa Month events to celebrate and share commonalities and culture linked to the Afro-Latin American and Caribbean communities. Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean share ties that range from colonial histories, the need for human and economic development, liberation politics as well as cultural and ethnic ties.

During the colonial era, about 15 million Africans were taken into slavery and records show that about 90% of these Africans were taken to Latin America and the Caribbean and African heritages have been found and thrive in the  region. In addition, the African Union recognizes Latin American and the Caribbean diaspora as the Sixth Region of Africa.

The Revolutionary Faces of Africa Exhibition was opened on 10 May by Ambassador Mairin Moreno of Venezuela and will run till 25 May.

 

Ambassador Moreno emphasized the importance of Africa’s influence in Latin America and the Caribbean’s independence and freedom.

As part of Africa Month the film “AZU” will be screened on 15 May at 6:00pm and a Public Dialogue on 22 May 2018 at 5:00pm at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg.

AZU – Alma de princesa (The Soul of a Princess) is directed by Luis Alberto Lamata. Set in 1780, the story looks at the life of an African woman who is forced into slavery. Once taken to a sugarcane plantation, she becomes the object of obsession of a farmer with a wife and a concubine. Unknown to them, she is destined to change the order in the plantation. AZU has won the People’s Choice Awards and Best Fiction Film Award at the first Caracas International Film Festival in 2014 and Best Fiction Film Award at the sixth International Latinuy Festival in Uruguay in 2014.

Embassy of Venezuela in South Africa

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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