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Author Alice Walker to speak at Pittsburgh film premiere

| Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, 10:33 a.m.
A screenshot from the film “Yemanja: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will be in Pittsburgh Oct. 27 to speak at the premiere of the movie, which she narrated.
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A screenshot from the film “Yemanja: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will be in Pittsburgh Oct. 27 to speak at the premiere of the movie, which she narrated.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will be in Pittsburgh Oct. 27 to speak at the premiere of “Yemanja: Wisdom From the African Heart of Brazil.”

The film, which she narrated, will be screened as part of the Just Films series, sponsored by the Chatham University Women's Institute, New Voices Pittsburgh, the Women and Girls Foundation and the Women's Law Project.

Walker will speak on a panel following the screening at 6:30 p.m. on Chatham University's campus.

This new film tells stories of the Afro-Indigenous culture of Candomblé — a tradition based on ancient African rituals and celebrations honoring the natural world, ancestors and spiritual energies known as Orixás. Candomblé evolved from the ways of enslaved Africans forced to Brazil, the last country to abolish slavery. Women are at the apex of Candomblé leadership. The film's story is told through the voices of four elder women leaders; the eldest is 109.

In conjunction with this screening, Chatham University's Art Gallery is presenting a photography and paper art exhibit, “Goddesses of Nature,” shot on location by Yemanja videographer and still photographer Gerald Lee Hoffman. The exhibit includes handmade paper art by local youth, a product of a summer workshop facilitated by Hoffman and Keith Murphy of McKeesport Healthy Village Learning Institute community center.

The event is free and open to the public with registration at justfilmspgh.org.

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