Portuguese Program to Host Gabriela Watson

Filmmaker and activist, Gabriela Watson, will be screening her documentary film titled “Baobab Flowers,” on February 26 at 6 PM in the Union Theater.

Watson holds a MFA in Film & Media Arts with an emphasis in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Practice from Temple University and a BA in Communications: Radio and TV from Faculdade Casper Libero, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was a Fingerlakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) Fellow and a 2015 Flaherty Seminar Fellow, she was also awarded a Scholarship from Black Women Film Network (BWFN) in Atlanta, GA.

Watson’s film, “Baobab Flowers,” is a personal documentary that blends poetic and observational footage following the journey of two high school teachers: Storm Foreman (Nyanza Bandele), in Philadelphia, United States, and Priscila Dias, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 The film is starting the festival circuit and won the Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Short at BlackStar Film Festival 2017.

 According to Edvan Brito, assistant professor of Portuguese, the event will provide an opportunity for attendees to reflect on the issues of social and racial inequality in education from a global perspective.

 “As we discuss the issues presented in the documentary, it would to be interesting to hear the different opinions on how these issues relate to Arkansas,” he added.

 The event is free and open to the entire Northwest Arkansas Community.