Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ile Aiye

Director: Carolina Moraes-Liu
Country: USA and Brazil
Year: 2010
Running Time: 20 min
Language: Portuguese

Ebony Goddess, Carolina Moraes-Liu, USA/Brazil, 2010, 20 min.

Three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ile Aiye, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group. Contestants dress in flowing African garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances.

About the Director

Carolina Moraes-Liu

Carolina Moraes-LiuBiography: Carolina Moraes-Liu is an award-winning director and producer who has worked on numerous documentaries and television shows. Her 2010 film, Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê, won the Corazon Award for best short documentary at the San Diego Latino film festival and the Best Diaspora Film award at the San Diego Black Film Festival. Carolina also produced and directed the documentary film Festive Land: Carnaval in Bahia, winner of the Remi Award at the WorldFest International Film Festival, and part of the curriculum of Latin American Studies and Cultural Anthropology classes in many universities, including Stanford and U.C. Berkeley and Harvard. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, where she serves as a judge for the Emmy Awards. Carolina was born in Bahia, Brazil, and holds a Master’s degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University.

(Source: http://www.documentario.com/about.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê (2011).

Festive Land: Carnaval in Bahia (2001);
Bloco Afro and Afoxé: Afro-Brazilian Carnival as a Political and Religious Stage (2003);
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê (2010);
The Victor Frost Ordinance (2012).