Our Rhode is a cinematic transatlantic chronicle created between l986 and 2016 by second-generation Cape Verdean filmmaker Claire Andrade-Watkins. These films reconstitute the history of three generations of Cape Verdeans living in the Fox Point section of Providence, Rhode Island who were displaced by urban renewal, gentrification, the expansion of Brown University and the construction of Interstate I-95. A rich, textured conversation emerges, giving voice to those who witnessed and participated in a journey through pain, anger, acceptance and reflection. Our Rhode is an epic odyssey that weaves together the local, global and universal themes of immigration, ethnicity, displacement, history and memory.

About Claire Andrade-Watkins

Claire Andrade-Watkins, PhD, a second generation born Cape Verdean Fox Point native, is a Professor of Africana and Postcolonial Media Studies, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College, and founder and President of SPIA Media Productions, Inc., a production and distribution company specializing in media from the African Diaspora.

She is a 2016 Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and a Fellow, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. She is a scholar of francophone and lusophone African cinema, a 1995-1996 Fulbright Scholar in Cape Verde, and a recipient of an American Philosophical Society grant in 1997. Grants received for filmmaking and other projects include: LEF Foundation; Emerson College Faculty Advancement Grants; multiple grants from both the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; and a 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Film.

She is the director of the Fox Point Cape Verdean Project, a community based research initiative created in 2007 by descendants of the founding Cape Verdean families of Fox Point to document, preserve and commemorate the legacy of the former Cape Verdean community in Fox Point. In 2014 they formed a non-profit to build the Fox Point Cape Verdean Heritage Place at India Point Park, designed by internationally acclaimed landscape architect, Carol R. Johnson of CRJA Landscape Architects.

Watch Claire’s Director’s Statement



In This Series

Film Still from Testamento


June 18, 2016
11:00 am1:40 pm

Testamento by Francisco Manso (Portugal/Brazil/Cape Verde/France/Belgium, 1997. 110 min.). Based on a novel by the acclaimed Cape Verdean author...

Film Still from Consul of Bordeaux


The Consul of Bordeaux
June 18, 2016
2:30 pm4:45 pm

The Consul of Bordeaux by Francisco Manso and Joao Correa; produced by Jose Mazeda (Portugal, 2011, 82 min.). Manso’s second feature tells the true...

Film Still from Serenata de Amor


Cape Verdean Shorts
June 19, 2016
11:00 am12:30 pm

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....

Film Still from Funny Porto Rican


"Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?": A Cape Verdean American...
June 19, 2016
1:00 pm2:45 pm

“Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?”: A Cape Verdean American Story produced and directed by Claire Andrade-Watkins (2006, USA, 83 min.). This feature...

Film Still from Working the Boats


Working the Boats: Masters of the Craft
June 19, 2016
3:30 pm5:30 pm

Working the Boats: Masters of the Craft produced and directed by Claire Andrade-Watkins (2016, USA, 65 min.) The second in Andrade-Watkins’...