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The Resource They are we, a film by Emma Christopher

They are we, a film by Emma Christopher

Label
They are we
Title
They are we
Statement of responsibility
a film by Emma Christopher
Contributor
Director
Director of photography
Editor
Producer
Production company
Production manager
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • men
  • cpe
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
They are we is the story of a remarkable reunion that takes place 170 or so years after a family was driven apart by the ravages of the transatlantic slave trade. In Central Cuba, proud members of the Gangá-Longobá, a small Afro-Cuban ethnic group, have kept their unique heritage alive. Incredibly, through decades of brutal enslavement, independence wars, and then the denying of all religions after the revolution, they have retained a collection of distinct songs and dances that one of their ancestors brought from Africa as a slave. Each December 17th they still perform them at the San Lazaro ceremony. After a chance discovery while working in West Africa, director Emma Christopher spent two years showing a film of the Gangá-Longobá songs and dances to several thousand people across Sierra Leone. Eventually, in an isolated village with no road access, one man looked at another in joy and wonder as he watched a recording of the Gangá-Longobá songs and said, "They are we!" Then the villagers joined in with others of the Gangá-Longobá songs, still recognizing them clearly despite all the years of separation. Returning to Cuba, Emma showed her findings to the Gangá-Longobá. "We are not so alone anymore", said one of their number, woodcarver and artist Alfredo Duquesne. Later he would say that knowing where he came from "is divine". In early 2013, after the law changed allowing them to freely leave Cuba, a trip was at last made to visit Sierra Leone. It turned into a remarkable celebration, a rare recognition of the tenacity and resolve of one young girl who once made the awful journey from Africa to Cuba, but never let her memories of home die. They are we tells the story of the Gangá-Longobá and of the village their ancestor called home. It is the story of how, just very occasionally, a family separated by the slave trade can reunite for the good of all
Cataloging source
MUU
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director and producer, Emma Christopher; production manager, Sergio Leyva ; director of photography, Lansana Mansaray, Javier Labrador ; editor, Joanna Montero ; sound editor, Damian Rubiera
Language note
Narrated in English with English subtitles. Mende and Krio spoken with English subtitles
LC call number
F1760
LC item number
.T54 2013
PerformerNote
Featuring: Joe Allie, Lucy Amara, Baggie Kpanabum, Solomon Musa, Chief Mabadu Pokawa, Humberto Casanova, Alfredo Duquesne, Elvira Fumero, Magdalena Mora, Yandrys Izquierdo
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1971-
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  • Christopher, Emma
  • Seiglie, Sergio Leyva
  • Mansaray, Lansana
  • Deulofeu, Javier Labrador
  • Montero, Joanna
  • Rubiera, Damian
  • Unshackled Media (Firm)
  • Icarus Films
  • University of Sydney
  • Australian Research Council
Runtime
77
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  • Blacks
  • Blacks
  • Blacks
  • Ethnology
  • Blacks
  • Rites and ceremonies
  • Blacks
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnology
  • Blacks
  • Blacks
  • Blacks
  • Ethnology
  • Blacks
  • Perico (Cuba)
  • Rites and ceremonies
  • Perico (Cuba)
  • Blacks
  • Sierra Leone
Technique
live action
Label
They are we, a film by Emma Christopher
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Documentary
  • Released 2015
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Ganga -- Banta -- Ancestors -- Village -- Reunion -- Welcome -- Rite
Control code
908339490
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
  • 4 3/4 in.
  • other
Extent
1 videodisc (77 minutes)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, color
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)908339490
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD
Label
They are we, a film by Emma Christopher
Publication
Note
  • Documentary
  • Released 2015
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Ganga -- Banta -- Ancestors -- Village -- Reunion -- Welcome -- Rite
Control code
908339490
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
  • 4 3/4 in.
  • other
Extent
1 videodisc (77 minutes)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, color
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)908339490
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD

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