Alma no Olho

by Zózimo Bulbul

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In Janaína Oliveira’s essay, “With the Alma no Olho: Notes on Contemporary Black Cinema,” the film scholar describes Alma no Olho’s performance, as “a pantomime of the history of Black people between Africa and the diaspora, tracing a saga that begins with a state of freedom as lived on the African continent, passes through the hardships of the Atlantic slave trade, and finally ends with the breaking of all the chains of colonial domination that continued to imprison black bodies and minds in the period following the Abolition — the end of the transnational slave trade, in 1888, in Brazil.”

Directed, written, and starring Zózimo Bulbul, Olivera states Alma no Olho, “constitutes the inaugural gesture of black cinema in Brazil.”

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