Umbanda: Offerings of Faith

Afro-Atlantic Histories

Umbanda: Offerings of Faith
Directed by Elisa Herrmann
(Brazil, 2021, Digital, in Portuguese with English subtitles)

To open the Afro-Atlantic Histories film series, inspired by the exhibition, the MFAH presents the world premiere of Umbanda: Offerings of Faith. Examining the history of Umbanda, a religion founded in Rio de Janeiro in 1908, the new documentary provides an overview of the religion’s background and rituals through interviews with priests, priestesses, and followers. The film considers Umbanda’s connection to African, European, and Indigenous beliefs, with observations from scholars whose research focuses on mythology and religions of African origin.

In Person: Director Elisa Herrmann
Brazilian filmmaker Elisa Herrmann is associate professor of mass communication and coordinator of the BA in film at Sam Houston State University.

Exhibition Tour: November 20
After the screening on Saturday afternoon, audience members are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibition.

Visiting Guidelines Masks are required to be worn during films and programs inside Museum auditoriums. Capacities are limited, and advance tickets are recommended. A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public setting. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions set forth by the MFAH—learn more here. Doors open 30 minutes before the screening starts. No late entry.

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Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Afro-Atlantic Histories,” this film series has been generously underwritten by the Consulate General of Brazil.

Umbanda: Offerings of Faith

Directed by Elisa Herrmann
(Brazil, 2021, 98 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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