Txan Film, an award winning independent film and visual art production company, dedicated to responsible and culturally relevant productions, representing the Pan-African Diaspora, announces the Premiere East Coast screening of In Search of My Identity as part of the 14th Edition of the Roxbury International Film Festival, 2pm on Sunday, June 17th, 2012.
In Search of My Identity is the latest film produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Guenny K. Pires. The 77 minute documentary feature explores Cape Verde’s diverse and multi-cultural peoples within the context of the slave trade, and chronicles the director’s personal journey, through 15 countries, between the West Coast of Africa and the East Coast of the Americas, particularly Brazil, Aruba, Belize, Cuba, Saint Vincent, Jamaica, and United States, in search of his origin and the origin of his Cape Verdean peoples.
“Making this film was a chance for me to self-examine my African roots, to delve deeper into African history and to uncover a past not represented, offered, or taught in academic settings or Western historical documents for which my education was based,” says Pires.
In Search of My Identity features archival materials and discussions from Professor Dr. Noam Chomsky, Dr. Richard Jr. Lobban, Dr. Peter Mendy, Dr. Mantha Diawara, Dr. Oba T’Shaka, Actor and activist Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte and Ossie Davis, Filmmakers Ike Karnick, Zuzimo Bulbul, and Riogoberto Lopez, Journalist and author Jerri Lange, Visual Artist Vasco Pires, Salath Matteus a disciple of Dr. Amilcar Cabral and others. Footage includes interviews with artists, professors, historians, and African Descendants providing reflections on the history, people, culture, and music of Cape Verde in relation to the African Diaspora. The film also features performances by Andy Palacio from Belize, Francisco Agua Bella and Buenna Vista Social Club – Compay Segundo from Cuba, and the late Cesaria Evora.
“I never imagined that one day in my filmmaking career that I would get a chance to work with such an esteemed group of people,” says Pires. “I was humbled by their kindness, generosity, and willingness to share their knowledge and support.” ISOMI refers back to the Portuguese colonial days of slavery to the Post-colonial African liberation movement of Cape Verde, Guine Bissau, Senegal, and Ghana, and to the present-day realities of
Cape Verdeans across the globe.
Producer Jeremy C. Gredone says their mission “is to tell stories that may not otherwise be heard and to give a voice to those who do not have access to mass media,” and “hopes to create a bridge to connect people and nations of Africa, Americas, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America by sharing human stories in historical and cultural context in a way that will allow new generations to understand their history and become better-informed citizens of the world.”
The screening will take place 2pm on Sunday, June 17 th, 2012 at MASS ART on 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. It includes Q&A, red carpet photo shoot and reception with award-winning director Guenny K. Pires.