Affirmative policies contributed to the advancement of cinema

The second edition of the International Black Audiovisual Festival in Brazil (Fianb) began this Tuesday (16) and ends on Saturday (20).

The Festival, which is held by the Association of Black Audiovisual Professionals (Apan), has a hybrid format – with activities in person at the SP Cultural Center and online, with free access, via the platform. streaming TodesPlay and via the YouTube channel.

In this edition, Fianb has an audiovisual exhibition, a project development laboratory and debate tables. The event also aims to bring reflection on the paths of black audiovisual production in Brazil.

O Brazil in fact Paraná spoke with Tatiana Carvalho Costa, artistic director of Fianb, about the Festival and the advances and challenges of black cinema in Brazil.

Tatiana Carvalho Costa is a university professor in the field of Cinema and a research doctoral student on black cinemas. She is also a counselor for the Southeast region of the Association of Audiovisual Professionals.

Brasil de Fato Paraná: I would like you to tell us about the organization and history of Fianb and the challenges in putting the event on the street.

Tatiana Carvalho Costa: The festival is an offshoot of a Seminar held by the Association of Black Audiovisual Professionals. The Association aims to expand the presence of black, black and black professionals in the audiovisual and in Brazilian cinema. We understand ourselves as a black movement of political action and the festival is one of our actions

Fianb’s proposal is to promote training and encouragement to expand and strengthen the presence of black people in the national and international market. In addition, these festival actions aim to promote the decolonization of the market and the imagination of Brazilian society, which are quite centered on the idea of ​​a universal subject and marked by white experiences, especially from the middle class and the Southeast. Or from the Southeast, which ends up exoticizing the rest of the country.

Black cinema has happened a lot by the independent organization. How do you see the film industry in relation to this movement?

Since 2016, we have seen a huge growth of festivals dedicated to black audiovisual and some with black/indigenous intersections in Brazil, with a large concentration in the Northeast. This is fabulous and, in fact, these are achievements that come, for example, from universities or independent organizations, with some public development support. These are always wonderful initiatives, but still insufficient.

At the same time, we look at this increase in festivals and also in films produced by black people and understand that it is a reflection of a process over the last two decades and notably the administrations of Lula and Dilma, who implemented affirmative actions in education and culture .

These affirmative policies, without a doubt, created a horizon of desire so that black youth could see themselves there. It has already impacted a young generation that sees itself as a possibility. Unlike my generation, young in the 90s, who grew up without much perspective.

Now, unfortunately, we are pessimistic about the dismantling that the current misrule is undertaking with some success. One thing that this government is competent for is destruction and we are still seeing the destruction of public policies that have increased the presence of black people in different sectors of society, and cinema is one of them.

Fianb Programming

In person: Sala Lima Barreto – São Paulo Cultural Center (CCSP)

11/17, at 6:00 pm Table 2: To think about the content in streamings and the narrative dispute.

11/20, at 7:00 pm – Closing table

Online: Every day at 8pm

Source: BoF Paraná

Edition: Lia Bianchini

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