Join us for a Brazilian party curated by Roger Costa, with free drinks, light bites, a drumming performance by Marivaldo Dos Santos and music by DJ Luciano to celebrate the opening of the Newark Black Film Festival, the oldest Black film festival in the country.

The reception will be followed at 8pm by a screening of Executive Order and a panel discussion, featuring Ingrid Silva, ballet dancer at Dance Theatre of Harlem.

  • Executive Order, directed by Lázaro Ramos. (103 min). Not rated
    In a near dystopian future in Brazil, an authoritarian government orders all citizens of African descent to move to Africa—creating chaos, protests, and an underground resistance movement that inspires the nation.

Please note: Auditorium seating is available on a first come first serve basis for the film screening. An overflow space will be provided once we are at capacity.

Location: Billy Johnson Auditorium


Meet the Filmmaker

Lázaro Ramos

Director, 'Executive Order'

Lázaro Ramos is a Brazilian actor, television presenter, director, writer, and voice actor. He started his acting career with the Flock of Olodum Theater group, in Salvador, and is best known for his portrayal of João Francisco dos Santos in the 2002 film Madame Satã. In 2007, he was nominated for the 35th International Emmy Awards for Best Actor for his role in Cobras & Lagartos.


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