Storyville: Baobab Flowers (2017, 45 mins) directed by Gabriela Watson Aurazo
Scribe Video Center
4035 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Baobab Flowers is a documentary that explores education inequality as a global issue in black communities. Merging poetic and observational style, filmmaker Gabriela Watson Aurazo bridges the lives of teachers from two different countries—Nyanza Bandele in Philadelphia, United States, and Priscila Dias in São Paulo, Brazil. The film shows the similarities between black women as mothers and educators, the impact of poorly performing schools in the black community, and the struggle to achieve equality in education.
Preceded by Who is Paulo Freire? (2006, 19 minutes) by The Friere Charter School and Scribe Video Center. Named for the Brazilian educational philosopher, Freire Charter School is an innovative, college-preparatory high school in Center City Philadelphia. Who is Paulo Freire? is the result of a collaboration between 7 students and 2 adults who set out to understand Freire, a radical educator and Marxist, and figure out how his contributions to education philosophy and social justice apply to their own lives.