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5 Cultural Suggestions — SOS Racismo

Twice a month, UMBIGO invites one person to share their 5 cultural suggestions. What can we do at home? From a book to a podcast, album or film: here are recommendations from artists, curators, gallery owners, cultural activists, friends.

We will share the recipe for what makes us better, and we remain united and positive.

SOS Racismo

Books

Plantation Memories
Grada Kilomba
Unrast Verlag, 2008

Plantation Memories is a compilation of everyday episodes of racism, written in the form of short psychoanalytic stories. From space and exclusion policies to body and hair policies, through racial insults, Grada Kilomba sharply disassembles the normality of racism, exposing the violence and trauma of being placed as Other. Originally published in English in 2008, Plantation Memories has become an important contribution to international academic discourse. Interdisciplinary work, which combines post-colonial theory, whiteness studies, psychoanalysis, gender studies, black feminism and poetic narrative, this is an essential and innovative reflection for decolonial practices.

Endireita-te
Rémi Courgeon
Orfeu Negro, 2020

Adjoa, straighten up! In Djougou, for a girl to grow up, they put things on her head: coffee, beans, bananas, dreams, jerricans and even secrets that are difficult to keep. And it is with clenched teeth and raised head, as they taught her, that Adjoa tells us how each object, each gesture and feeling weighed, from small to grown up. A story told in a poetic and unusual way, which shows us how objects of pain can be transformed into acts of love.

Series

Dear white people
Netflix (Justin Simien)
2017

This series, with 3 seasons, based on a film with the same name from 2014, accompanies a group of black students at a university in the United States of America where the majority are white. The series explores racial tensions on campus, in class and at different times in the academic and social activities of its students.

YouTube

Tempero Drag
YouTube Channel
Brazil

Guilherme Terreri, 28 years old, is responsible for the meticulous selection of content on this channel, but the drag queen Rita von Hunty, created by him, is the one on the screen. With a costume that recalls the fashion of the 1950s, Rita offers witty classes on the most varied and controversial topics, such as monogamy, class consciousness and hate speech. YouTube

Documentary

13th
Ava DuVernay
2016

Documentary where scholars, activists and politicians analyze the correlation between the criminalization of the black population of the United States and the boom in the country’s prison system. Documentary

SOS Racismo, since 1990, proposes a more just, egalitarian and multicultural society, where everyone, national and foreign, whatever their origin or skin color, can enjoy the same citizenship rights. Its objective is to contribute to the existence of infrastructure to support immigrant populations and ethnic minorities; cooperate in the creation of an inclusion policy and a legal framework capable of effectively punishing racist and xenophobic behavior; act to raise the awareness and accountability of the authorities and the Portuguese population in relation to the problem of racial discrimination and xenophobia through public debates and in a school environment; establish common action with different civil society organizations, immigrant and anti-racist associations across the country and internationally.

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