News and Events

The Department of Africology is pleased to co-sponsor the 2014 UWM Black Cultural Center’s annual African & African American Welcome Reception September 30 at 4:00pm.

The Africology Seminar Series continues on Friday November 7th from 12pm-1:30pm in Mitchell Hall 206 with a presentation by Visiting Assistant Professor Ermitte St. Jacques. More information will follow.

The Documentary Works of Gloria Rolando: A Sankofa-Retrospective

Gloria Rolando is a pioneering Afro-Cuban filmmaker, whose career spans over 35 years at ICAIC, the Cuban National Film Institute. Gloria’s extensive filmography, though not described as ethnographic, integrates themes of cultural memory, history, identity, mythologyand storytelling within the context of African Diasporan cultures in the Americas. Her preoccupation with these themes make known the persistence of Africa in the cultural memory of Cuba, the Caribbean, and across the diaspora. These stories connect people across many boundaries.

Sponsored by The Community Media Projects and the Department of film, Video, Animation and New Genres; with support from The Department of Africology, Cultures and Communities, CLACS and Global Inclusion and Engagement

Saturday, November 15, 7pm (Films only)
"Eyes of the Rainbow", 47 min
"Oggun: An Eternal Presence", 52 min
"My Footsteps in Baragua", 53 min

Sunday, November 16, 5pm
*Filmmaker present for intro and discussion
"Roots of my Heart", 51 min
"Re-embark/Reshipment", 53 min

Monday, November 17, 7pm (Films only)
"Passages of the Heart", 59 min
"Breaking the Silence" Chapters 1 & 2, 90 min

Tuesday, November 18, 7pm
*Filmmaker present for intro/discussion
"Breaking the Silence" Chapters 3, 40 min
"Re-embark/Reshipment", 51 min

(Gloria Rolando, Cuba, Spanish w/Eng st. 53 min., Digital Video, 2014)
A “forgotten chapter” in the history of Haitian immigrants brought to Cuba in the early 20thcentury to work in the Sugar Cane fields and Coffee Plantations-and their forced repatriation following the crash of the Sugar Market.

Eyes of the Rainbow
(Assata Shakur, Cuba, Spanish w/Eng st., 52 min., Digital Video, 1997)
Assata Shakur is the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who took refuge in Cuba after years of struggles in the US. The film integrates AfroCuban culture, including the Orisha Oya, to show Assata's context in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 20 years.

Roots of my Heart
(Gloria Rolando, 51 min., Digital Video, 2001)
When over 6,000 members of the Independents of Color, the first black political party outside of Haiti, were massacred by the Cuban Army. This independently produced feature film follows a young woman as she finds out about her families roots, which includes disturbing revelations around the 1912 Genocide (El Doce).

My footsteps in Baragua
(Gloria Rolando, Cuba, Spanish w/Eng st., 53 min., Digital Video)
1996, on the history in Cuba of an extensive West Indian community (consisting of people from Jamaica, Barbados, & many others. We find many immigrants in Baraguá, province of Ciego de Avila.