The Flaherty Film Seminar, the annual open forum for an international community of filmmakers, participants, and audience members, has announced Brazilian researcher and curator Janaína Oliveira as the programmer of its 66th edition, to take place in June of 2020.
Oliveira has a PhD in History and is a professor at the Federal Instituto of Rio de Janerio (IFRJ). She is currently a Fulbright scholar at the Center for African Studies at Howard University, in Washington D.C. She is the programmer of the Zózimo Bulbul Black Cinema Encounter in Rio de Janeiro and FINCAR, International Women Filmmakers Festival in Recife.
She has also participated in the selection committees of the Brasília Festival, Kinoforum, Directors’ Week in Rio de Janeiro and the Peripheral Visions Festival also in Rio. She is a member of the Association of Black Audiovisual Professionals (APAN), and is the founder and coordinator of the Black Cinema Itinerant Forum (FICINE).
Oliveira becomes the first Brazilian to program the seminar since its creation in 1955, and the sixth Latin American programmer after Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco in 1991, Mexican-American scholar Chon Noriega and Colombian scholar Margarita de la Vega in 1993, Cinema Tropical’s executive director Carlos A. Gutiérrez in 2007, and Mexican artist Gabriela Monroy in 2014.