National Book Award Finalist
Brazil in Black and White
New affirmative action quotas for higher education in Brazil launch a controversial dialogue about race and identity. Five college candidates from diverse backgrounds compete for a spot at the University of Brasilia.
From PBS Wide Angle.
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Brazil: An Inconvenient History. New York: Filmakers Library, 2001.
Few realize that Brazil was actually the largest participant in the slave trade in the New World. Forty percent of all slaves that survived the Atlantic crossing were destined for Brazil and at one time half of the population of Brazil were slaves. It was the last country to officially abolish slavery in 1888. This production charts Brazil's history of slavery using original texts, letters, accounts and decrees, with commentary by historians, anthropologists and others who recount the effect of centuries of slavery on Brazil today.
The Last Supper. New York: New Yorker Video, 1977.
Set in Havana at the end of the 18th century, a guilt-ridden count invites twelve of his plantation slaves to a "last supper" during which he attempts to teach them what he sees as the crucial elements of Christianity, namely, submissive obedience to their master and joy in suffering. When the count breaks his word, however, and forces the slaves to work the next day (Good Friday), they revolt and the count's punishment is swift and brutal.