Screen/Society--NC Latin American Film Festival/Reel Global Cities film series--"Bay of All Saints"
Bay of All Saints
(Annie Eastman, 2012, 74 min, U.S., Portuguese with English subtitles, Color, Digital)
-- Introduced by Prof. Gustavo Furtado, Romance Studies Dept.
In Bahia, Brazil, generations of impoverished families live in palafitas, a vast network of shacks built on stilts above a rising tide of garbage over the ocean bay. When the government threatens to reclaim the bay in the name of ecological restoration, hundreds of families are about to lose their homes.
Filmed over 6 years, Bay of All Saints is a lyrical portrait of three single mothers living in the water slums during this crisis. Geni, a.k.a. 'Miss Mayor,' a pizza parlor manager rapidly becomes a community organizer; Jesus, a laundry-washer, starts to look beyond her dreams of a Prince Charming who never comes; Dona Maria, a trash-picker, once freed from domestic servitude, ventures outside the palafitas as she raises her 16 children and grandchildren on the ocean bay. Bay of All Saints offers a glimpse at the complexities of urban poverty; the sacrifices these women make for their children's survival and the demands of life on the bay. Ultimately, the State's urban development project--through its tumult and blunders--compels these women to rise up to fight for their future.
-- Winner of SXSW's Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary and the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Woods Hole Film Festival!
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at UNC-CH and Duke University, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation "Partnership in a Global Age".