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Screening of "Contract", a documentary by Guenny Pires

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: > See description for location
Description: The UMASSD Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the BCC Lusocenter are pleased to announce the presentation of the docudrama film, Contract, on Wednesday 20 October 2021 at 5:30 PM. The screening will take place at the Charlton College of Business Auditorium (room 149). This will be followed by a questions and answer session with the Director, Guenny K. Pires. Doors will open at 5:15 PM. Guests should use Parking Lots 13 and 14. Face masks are required indoors.

Contract tells the story of Cape Verdean indentured servants who leave their homes in Cape Verde and travel to Sao Tome and Principe under a work contract that will never be fulfilled. It is a personal story that documents the filmmaker's journey to reunite his uncle with his family. After leaving Cape Verde 44 years earlier with the hope of a better life, the uncle's reality is the same as so many others like him. He is trapped in a contract that pays only 10 cents a day and a $10 dollar life retirement from the Sao Tome and Principe government.

Guenny K. Pires was born and raised in Cape Verde and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He earned both a BA and an MA in Visual Arts from Portugal. He is a filmmaker, a cinematographer, a professor of visual arts, and a co-founder of Txan Film Productions & Visual Arts, Incorporated.
Topical Areas: General Public