Note: the start time of this event has been changed to 11:00 am.

Cape Verdean Independence July 5 and 6 1975 (2005, 13 min) Directed by Anthony D. Ramos. Produced and edited by Claire Andrade-Watkins.

This short documentary was created from rare archival footage of almost seventy hours of ½” reel-to-reel video shot by pioneering performance and media artist Anthony D. Ramos on the first two days of independence in Cape Verde after 500 years of colonial rule.

Spirit of Cape Verde (1986, 29 min) Produced and directed by Claire Andrade-Watkins.

This documentary reportage chronicles the first state visit to the United States in l983 by Aristides Pereira, Cape Verde’s first president after independence. Highlights   include an overview of the Cape Verdean communities in the Fox Point section of Providence and Pawtucket, Rhode Island and President Pereira’s visit to New Bedford, MA and visit to the schooner ERNESTINA, beloved queen of the Cape Verdean packet trade.

Serenata de Amor (2013, 15 min) Directed by Benny Sato Ambush. Executive Producer Claire Andrade-Watkins.

Serenata de Amor is a period piece, set in the 1940s on the island of Brava, Cape Verde, and is a tribute and homage to the morna of Cape Verde. Brava is the island renowned for legendary composers of the morna, including Eugenio Tavares who is widely considered the Mozart of Cape Verdean music. Told in song in the Cape Verdean Krioulo,  the story revolves around a young man arriving at a villa in Brava with a group of musicians to serenade the woman of his dreams.

Screenings followed by a discussion with filmmakers Claire Andrade-Watkins and Anthony D. Ramos.