Alumna Presents Cape Verdean Documentary
More than 150 members of the Simmons community attended a February screening and discussion of the film "Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican? A Cape Verdean American Story" featuring filmmaker Claire Andrade-Watkins '74.
Andrade-Watkins, who was a history major at Simmons, created the film during a span of more than 20 years. The documentary focuses on the close-knit Cape Verdean community of the Fox Point section of Providence, RI, and how this community was separated during the urban renewal of the 1960s and 1970s. The story is told through the voices of the Cape Verdean elders. The film speaks to a range of subjects including immigration, oral history, race, ethnicity, civil rights, and community organizing.
The event was attended and supported by the Women's Studies Department, the Graduate Program in Gender/Cultural Studies, the Black Student Organization and the Office of Alumnae/i Relations. The Africana Studies Department, Multicultural Affairs and the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change sponsored the event.