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Spelman-Morehouse Brazilian Festival 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021 to Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Zoom

Spelman College's Department of World Languages and Cultures and Morehouse College's Modern Foreign Languages Program invite the community to join them for a fun, engaging and educational festival celebrating the country and cultural heritage of Brazil.

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Schedule of Events

Clarice Mota Presentation

Race, Health and the Challenges of Implementing Equitable Policies in Brazil
Monday, April 12 | 6 p.m.

Clarice MotaDr. Clarice Mota is an anthropologist with a master's degree in collective health and a doctorate in sociology from the Federal University of Bahia, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of York (UK). Since 2009, she has been a full-time professor at the Institute of Collective Health – UFBA in the department of public health and serves as the vice-coordinator of the Integrated Program for Research and Technical Cooperation Community, Family and Health.

Dr. Mota's research focuses on communities and groups affected by social vulnerability, racial inequality and neglected diseases, and she has done extensive studies on social protection policies, therapeutic itineraries of Sickle Cell Disease and institutional racism.


Memories of Brazil

Memories of Brazil Student Panel
Tuesday, April 13 | 6 p.m.

Meet and hear from students who have studied abroad in Brazil.


Brigadeiro Cooking Class

A Sweet Bite of Brazil: Brigadeiro Cooking Class
Wednesday, April 14 | 11 a.m.

Spelman Fulbright Fellow Júnia Oliveira will provide a hands-on demonstration of cooking brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian dessert. The brigadeiro is made of condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles covering the outside layer. It is a popular confection throughout the country, especially for festive events.

Follow along and make your own! Ingredients needed are:

  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 14 OZ condensed milk
  • 1/4 CUP cocoa powder
  • 1 CUP chocolate sprinkles

Bacurau Screening

"Bacurau" Film Screening
Screening #1 - Wednesday, April 14 | 7 p.m.
Screening #2 - Thursday, April 15 | 7 p.m.

Join us for a screening of "Bacurau," a Western thriller by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles. This Brazilian box office sensation won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2019.

Bacurau posterABOUT "BACURAU"

A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from most maps and a UFO-shaped drone starts flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community.


Capoeira Class

History and Introduction to Capoeira Movements & Music
Friday, April 16 | 7 p.m.

Part dance, part martial art, capoeira is integral to the culture of Brazil and has been slowly spreading in popularity worldwide. Get a lesson in its history and learn a few moves from Capoeira Maculelê Decatur.

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