About A Conversation on Memórias Afro-Atlânticas (Afro-Atlantic Legacies)

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In 1940, a Black American linguist, Lorenzo Dow Turner, came to Brazil to study the African languages still spoken and sung in the Candomblés of Bahia. Over the course of seven months of intensive research, Turner found and recorded the most emblematic religious figures of the time: Martiniano do Bonfim, Menininha do Gantois, Joãozinho da Goméia, Manoel Falefá, among other distinguished representatives of Afro-Brazilian religions. The recordings and photographs by Turner in Bahia—whose aim was to show the linguistic relationship with Gullah, a language he had studied in the 1930s and which is still spoken today in the south of the United States, along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, by descendants of slaves in a situation of cultural and geographical isolation—serve as a pioneering and unique witness to the presence and preservation of African languages in Brazil and the Americas. Presenting rare images and sounds, the feature-length documentary Memórias Afro-Atlânticas follows the footsteps of Lorenzo Turner and revisits the Candomblé terreiros recorded by him almost 80 years later in search of memories and remnants still alive. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

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