Candomble Film Highlights Mae Stella

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Candomble Film Highlights Mae Stella

Pennsylvania-Bahia Partners Presents

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

7:00 PM

International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Dolls by Mae Detinha de Xango
Paintings by Gil Abelha

Admission: $10

The documentary film A Cidade das Mulheres (The City of Women) directed by Lazaro Faria, presents an intimate view of African religious traditions in Bahia, Brazil. It features Mae Stella de Oxossi, perhaps the most influential figure in Bahia’s Candomble community. Mae Stella is the head priestess from Axe Opo Afonja, founded in 1910 and is one of the most important “terreiros” (African spiritual communities) in Salvador, Bahia. In the film Mae Stella explains from a feminine perspective, the history of Candomble in Bahia, and the matriarchal system of power created and controlled by the women who practice these traditions. The documentary is filled with images of popular festivities which celebrate African spiritual traditions, and the stunning natural beauty of the city of Salvador.

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  1. Holly Says:

    I would very much like to view this film. Is it available on dvd or vhs? Is it available in ‘english’ or with english subtitles? Thanks very much!

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