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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Brazil Week 2007: Trends in Brazilian Culture and Current Affairs

Posted: October 19, 2007

The LLILAS Brazil Center will host Brazil Week 2007 October 23–26. The event will explore the latest trends in Brazilian culture and current affairs in a series of activities that are free and open to the public.

In panels, workshops, and information sessions, researchers from Brazil and the U.S. will examine social inequality, the development of national identity through the arts, interdisciplinary experiences in research, and opportunities to study in Brazil in a faculty-led summer program or direct exchange. Participants will include Brazilian Artist in Residence Matheus Rocha Pitta, Lozano Long Visiting Professor Antônio Dimas (University of São Paulo), and UT graduate students in History, Public Affairs, Information, and Musicology.

The event will close with a screening of Filhas do Vento/Daughters of the Wind, directed by Joel Zito Araújo (2004). This feature film explores racism and gender over the past forty years in a story about redemption between sisters, mothers, and daughters. A multigenerational cast of talented black actors explores, among other things, the obstacles facing black performers in Brazil's film and television industries. While race is the film's central theme, this sexy drama also looks at sexual values, family relationships, and the cultural divide between urban and rural Brazil. Director Joel Zito Araújo was a visiting researcher at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001.

For more information, visit Brazil Week 2007 or contact the Brazil Center at 512.471.8418.

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