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Spell Reel (2017)

Spell Reel still
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu April 25, 2019
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Freedom fighter Amílcar Cabral commissioned a group of young filmmakers to document the independence movement in late 1960s Guinea-Bissau; lost for decades, their footage was recently restored. Portuguese artist Filipa César collaborates with the surviving filmmakers to tour the material around Guinea-Bissau, staging public screenings with live narration and discussion. Recovering layers of history behind these images, César and her collaborators also expose a yearning for African self-determination that persists in the present. Presented with an introduction by Sarah Estrela, doctoral candidate in Art History at Northwestern.


96 min

Filipa César, 2017, France/Portugal, DCP

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu