Gullah festival at the Smithsonian
- Gullah Film Festival and Teachers Workshop at Natural History Museum
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The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
presents an unprecedented look at film on Gullah culture
(Museum: 10th and Constitution Ave NW. Information: 202.357.2700)
Saturday Nov. 1 and Sunday Nov. 2, 2003 Gullah Film Festival (Free. Seating is first come, first served)
Saturday Nov. 8, 2003 Gullah Film Festival Teachers' Workshop (See below for information)
The Gullah are a distinctive group of African Americans from the South Carolina and Georgia low country.
They have preserved more of their African cultural heritage than any other black community in the US. They retain African-derived religious beliefs and rituals, a creole language similar to languages spoken in West Africa and the West Indies, and African music, story-telling, and cooking practices.
The film experience is enriched by comments and discussion with experts and community members including Ayoka Campbell, Esq., Sam Ford (WJLA-TV), Nichole Green (Old Slave Mart Museum of Charleston), Vertamae Grosvenor (National Public Radio), and Joe Opala (James Madison University).
Film Festival, Saturday, November 1, 10:30 - 5:30 - - Baird Auditorium, ground floor, free
10:30 Family Across the Sea. (1990, 56 mins) Gullahs from South Carolina and Georgia confront their roots in Sierra Leone.
12:00 The African-American Connection. (1990, ca 40 mins) A Washington-based reporter traces Gullah history in the US and West Africa.
1:00 The Language You Cry In. (1998, 52 mins) A Gullah family traces their roots in Africa through an ancient song.
2:15 Loyalties. (1999, 58 mins) A Black Canadian woman finds her Gullah heritage in South Carolina.
3:30 Conrack. (1974, 111 mins) John Voight stars as an idealistic young schoolteacher in the South Carolina Sea Islands.
Film Festival, Sunday, November 2, 10:30 - 5:30 - - Baird Auditorium, ground floor, free
10:30 When Rice Was King. (1990, 60 mins) The rise and fall of South Carolina's opulent rice kingdom.
11:45 Gullah Tales. (1986, 28 mins) Traditional Gullah fables dramatized and set on a Georgia plantation of the 1830s.
12:30 God's Gonna Trouble the Water. (1997, 55 mins) A vivid documentary on Gullah music, both yesterday and today.
1:45 Baskets of Gold. (1998, 22 mins) Sweetgrass basketmakers and their unique, African-derived craft.
2:15 Where Roots Endure. (1990, 26 mins) The struggle to preserve Gullah traditions in a changing world.
3:15 Daughters of the Dust. (1991, 113 mins) A visually lush drama set in Gullah country in the early 1900s.
Gullah Film Festival Teachers' Workshop
Saturday, November 8, 2003, 10 am - - 3:00 pm
Joseph Opala, professor of anthropology, James Madison University, discusses Gullah history and culture in outline form together with suggestions on how this information can be worked into the history and social studies curricula. He also provides an annotated filmography, discusses the films shown in the Gullah Film Festival (Nov. 1-2) and introduces other excellent teaching materials now available on the subject. For free reservations and information email education@... or phone 202.357.1756.