New 1998 Tour
New film: "Eyes of the Rainbow" - Assata Shakur and Oya
Speech at Black Women Writers and the Future
Interview in "Women," Havana
Biography, list of films
Contacting Gloria Rolando
AfroCuban film director
Gloria Rolando on US Tour,
Aug - Oct '97
Film maker Gloria Rolando landed August 6th in San Francisco to attend the Fifth World
Congress on Orisha Traditions, organized by Dr. Wande Abimbola and Professor Nontsizi
Cayou . Here she first showed Eyes of the Rainbow, her new film
on Assata Shakur and Oya. The film was requested 4 times and the audience was moved to
"Eyes of the Rainbow" deals with the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther
and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in
Cuba, where she has lived for close to 20 years. This film is also about her AfroCuban
context, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the
cemetary. Oya is a queen in her own right, not from marriage.
On August 11th, Gloria left for Tampa, where she worked as guest director on a project
documenting the century old Cuban community there.
At the end of August, she left for New York, where she will be in residence through the
end of October. She will be making a presentation at Black Women Writers and the Future,
organized by Jane Cortez.
The Tampa project involves the story of, among others, the Afrocuban Pedroso family,
the dueña of which gave critical support to Jose Marti when he came there to raise funds
for the struggle against Spain.
New York's Black Women Writers and the Future will feature an exciting new presentation
For the period from September 1 to October 30, while Gloria is based in New York, she
will be availabe for presentations and showings of her films. For more information,
contact the AfroCubaWeb Site by email at acw_AT_afrocubaweb.com [replace _AT_ with @]
97 Tour Schedule
Gloria Rolando tours with her new film on Assata Shakur: "Eyes of the
Gloria plans on showing her film at the locations below. Each showing is dedicated to a
strong woman in the struggle.
Sep 17th, Wed: 6PM Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College
Sep 19th Harriet Tubman School, 6:30PM, 127th St, between Adam Clayton Powell & St
Sep 23 Ithica College, NY
Sep 24 Cortland, NY, afternoon
Sep 24 Cornell University, evening
Sep 26 - 30th Boston area
Sep 26 - Roxbury Community College, evening, 7PM
Sep 27 - Roxbury Community College, eve, 7PM
Sept 30 - Wellesley College
Oct 3 through 13: a tour through the south, starting in Washington, DC. This is being
organized by Ahmed Obafemi, of the Malcom X Grass Roots Mouvement, reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org
and by phone at 205 323-5444.
Oct 3 - Washington DC., Howard University 6:30 PM sponsored by the Malcolm X
Grassroots Movement: Howard University, School of Law Moot Court Room, 2900 Van Ness
Oct.4 - Atlanta Georgia, Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination. Time tba.
Oct.5 - University of North Carolina, and local bookstore
Oct 6 - Atlanta Georgia, Georgia State 7 PM
Oct 7 - Selma Alabama. location tba. sponsored by 21st Century leadership
Oct 8 - Jackson Mississippi, Malcolm X center for Self-Determination. 7 PM
Oct 9 - Austin Texas, University of Texas 11 AM
Oct 10 - Houston Texas, University of Houston 12 AM ?
Oct 11 - Huntsville Alabama, Alabama A&M tb confirm
Oct 12 - Birmingham Alabama, Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination 4 PM
Oct 15-18: African American Women Writers and the Future, a conference in NY
Oct 19 - Delaware, kick off event for Million Women March, Marpessa Kupendua email@example.com
Oct 20-22 Pittsburg, Carnegie Mellon
Oct 24th: Hospital in NYC
Oct 27th: Colgate, Hamilton, NY
- A write up of "My Footsteps in Baragua." This video
on the West Indians in Cuba is available in English (the original production language) and
- An interview with Gloria in "Mujeres" ("Women"),
1996, published in Havana. This describes the Oggun
video, available with English subtitles, and a proposed film on Sara Gomez, noted
AfroCuban movie maker.
- An introduction to the West Indian Welfare Center and its
programs. This independent institution is located in the city of Guantanamo (not the US
base!) and is charted to provide social and medical services among other activities. The
Center recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and today includes many professional
- Gloria's write up on Eyes of the Rainbow, with Assata Shakur
- A Biographical Notice of Gloria Rolando with an extensive
portfolio listing and a statement of purpose.
Gloria Rolando can be reached when in Cuba by phone at tel: 011 53 7 62.79.04 and by
Obispo #356, 3ra piso, apto 3
Entre Habana y Compostela
Habana, Cuba 10100
- Electronic mail
- acw_AT_afrocubaweb.com [replace _AT_ with @]
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