Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil


October 27, 2016   •   6:30PM

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Narrated by Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, who will be our special guest panelist at this Pittsburgh premiere!

Doors open at 5:30PM  •  Event begins at 6:30PM
Campbell Memorial Chapel  •  Chatham University Shadyside campus

Please see below for important parking and seating information!

Alice Walker, narrator of the film and special guest panelist

This new award-winning documentary film by Donna C. Roberts (a Pittsburgh filmmaker) and Donna Read is about the fascinating Candomblé spiritual culture in Bahia, Brazil, a vibrant African-derived tradition which evolved from the ways of enslaved Africans in the New World’s largest slave port. Extraordinary elder women leaders tell stories of Candomblé’s history, social challenges and triumphs, grounded in strong community, and Earth-based wisdom and practice. The compelling and beautifully shot film recently won Best Documentary at the Gullah-Geechee Heritage & Film Festival and was nominated for Best International Film at BronzeLens Film Festival, Atlanta, after screening at Lincoln Center, NYC and in Cannes-France.

Our special guest panelists will be:

  • Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and narrator of film Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil.
  • Dr. Rachel Elizabeth Harding, University of Colorado, scholar of Indigenous spiritual traditions and Candomblé priestess.
  • Donna C. Roberts, producer, director and co-writer.
  • Moderated by Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Associate Professor, Psychology.

In conjunction with the screening, Chatham University’s Art Gallery will present a photography and paper art exhibit, Goddesses of Nature, shot on location by Yemanja videographer and still photographer Gerald Lee Hoffman. The exhibit will include handmade paper art by local youth, a product of a summer workshop facilitated by Hoffman and Mr. Keith Murphy of McKeesport Healthy Village Learning Institute community center. The Gallery will be open before and after the event.
Please note: parking is extremely limited on Chatham’s campus. We urge you to carpool, bike, walk, or take public transportation. In addition, we will be running shuttle buses from our East Side campus, at the corner of Fifth & Penn, starting at 5PM. Please see the maps below for more information about local street parking, handicapped parking areas, and directions to the East Side lot. Parking by the Chapel, by Mellon, and at the Gatehouse will be handicapped only; a Chatham van will pick up guests in these areas. Please allow plenty of extra time for parking. Shuttle buses will run after the event until 10PM.

Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors to the Chapel will open at 5:30PM. Once the Chapel is filled, security officers will direct guests to the over-flow seating area in the Eddy Theater, where the program will be live-streamed.

For more on the film, please visit:  and

Check out the trailer here!

Chatham Shadyside Campus map

Parking in the Library Lot is accessible only from Murray Hill Avenue (the cobblestone street, not to be confused with Murray Avenue). Once the Library Lot is full, you may be directed to park at the East Side campus at the corner of Fifth & Penn. Here is the map:



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