03. June 2022

30 June: We the Cimarróns - Documentary by award winning director and BCDSS fellow Emma Christopher 30 June: We the Cimarróns - Film by award winning director and BCDSS fellow Emma Christopher

How Black communities in Pacific Colombia are facing strong asymmetrical power struggles trying to protect their ancestral lands and their lives

Join the screening of We the Cimarróns on Thursday, 30 June 2022, at 20:00 CET by award winning director and BCDSS fellow Emma Christopher. This is the second film in our dependency-related film series cooperation "Who's Got the Power" with Förderverein Filmkultur Bonn

At the post-screening talk, we will get a chance to listen to Emma, the director/producer, as well as Garciano and Efrén, two Yurumanguireño leaders featured in the film. They will provide us with an insight into the making of the film and give us their personal accounts of the threats that the Yurumangui community, descendents of enslaved people from West Africa, is facing today.

To round off the evening: Join our RECEPTION at the cinema foyer for some further talks and networking.

Please scroll down for more details (trailer, tickets, registration). 

WE the Cimarrons
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In the River Yurumangui in Pacific Colombia, its people still identify as 'cimarróns', or fugitives from slavery, in honor of their rebel ancestors. Today they are deliberately using this heritage to address the threats they face: environmental destruction, drug trafficking and armed conflict. These Pacific Black communities won the right to consider their lands ancestral in 1993 and became semi-autonomous within the Colombian State seven years later. However, they are not free people. They are exposed to a strong asymmetrical power struggle against legal and illegal forces. 

Emma Christopher is a documentary maker and professor of the African diaspora based in Sydney, Australia. As a BCDSS fellow, she is currently doing research in Bonn and will be present at the screening.

Emma is the director, producer and researcher of We the Cimarróns and of They Are We (New York: Icarus Film, 2014), which won six Best Documentary Awards, featured widely in the media, and was chosen as the United Nations’ Remembrance of Slavery film 2015. It has screened in more than 70 countries around the world. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the film and Emma’s work as, ‘an inspiration; a victory over slavery’. Her books have won the Kay Daniels Prize and the Ernest Scott Prize, as well as her latest book being a Choice winner in 2019. She has been awarded several human rights awards for her work.

“We the Cimarróns”, documentary by Emma Christopher (Colombia/Australia 2021)

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When: 30 June 2022
20:00 CET: film screening (Book your tickets here)
21:00 CET: post-screening talk (in the auditorium)
21:30 CET: reception at the cinema foyer (free of charge, open to all, please kindly register by emailing your name and, if you like, your position/institution)

Too complicated? You may also just come along on the day!

Where: Kino in der Brotfabrik, Kreuzstraße 16, 53225 Bonn (Beuel)

For any queries please contact: Cécile Jeblawei 

More information on the whole film series "Who's Got the Power"

We the Cimarróns
We the Cimarróns © Sergio Leyva Seiglie
We the Cimarróns
We the Cimarróns © Sergio Leyva Seiglie
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