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New Diasporas

How do migration and social control construct complex power diagrams between territories of the Southern Hemisphere? That is the question that guides the Project New Diasporas, sponsored by the 
Goethe-Institut. The project aims to generate knowledge through migrants’ voices as protagonists of migration and to offer a space for listening to and sharing migrants’ lived experiences, addressed through different fields of knowledge.

Haiti Episode (2016)

The first edition of New Diasporas focuses on immigration from Haiti to Brazil. “Haiti is the first and only nation to be born out of a slave revolution and can help to create a narrative of our history of resistance,” says visual artist Daniel Lima, the project’s creator.

Using the country as a laboratory and symbol of the transcontinental quilombola struggle, the episode included several events, including a video-editing workshop for Haitian immigrants, during which raw video footage collected by Lima and by researcher Felipe Teixeira in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince were worked on. The two were in the country in 2015, with the aim of investigating the militarization of the country and the social control practiced by Minustah – The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

The Goethe-Institut held a performative debate open to the public, in varied formats: audiovisual presentations, work groups, short lectures, and culinary experiences. In addition to Daniel Lima, participants in the event also included actress and MC Roberta Estrela D’Alva, musical director Eugênio Lima, researcher Felipe Teixeira, Zimbabwean visual artist Lucia Nhamo, and Haitian photojournalist Pierre Michel Jean, as well as Haitian musicians.

Senegal Episode (2017)

Following the effort to reflect on the cycle of migration that has emerged over the last decades between the countries of the Southern Hemisphere, the project New Diasporas proposes for its new edition in 2017 a deeper look at Senegal.

Senegalese immigration to Brazil is recent. Even though Senegal does not have internal conflicts like many countries on the African continent, it is still one of the poorest countries in the world (being one of the 25 countries with the worst HDI), which motivates the Senegalese to leave their country in search of a better life. Brazil became attractive to this people since the 2000s, when the South American country started to have more visibility abroad. The Senegalese represent today the second largest group to request refugee status in Brazil, lagging only behind Haitians.

The project New Diasporas: The Senegal episode envisioned a research trip to Dakar for artist Daniel Lima (Frente 3 de Fevereiro) and producer Raquel Borges, in addition to a video workshop with a group of Senegalese. As a result of the research process, there was an open event with music, the country’s cuisine, audiovisual presentations and performances. The presentations as well as the debates included the participation of the protagonists of migration.

“Nou Pap Obeyi”


Nou Pap Obeyi – Novas Diásporas – Haiti [video]

Teranga – Novas Diásporas – Senegal [video]

Roberta Estrela d'Alva

Artist, activist


Co-founder of the Núcleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos, a theatre company that inaugurated “hip hop theatre” in Brazil. Winner of several awards in Slam, including the legendary Green Mil

Fedo Bacourt



Holds a degree in Education and Pedagogical Sciences from the International University of Haiti, and is coordinator of the Social Union of Haitian Immigrants (USIH).

Marie Rose Laure Jeanty



Studied Medicine at the Santiago University of Technology (Dominican Republic), but did not obtain the degree. In Brazil, acted in the play Cidade Vodu (Voodoo City). Is the treasurer of the Social Union of Haitian Immigrants (USIH).

Paolo Parise



Holds a doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Directs the Center for Immigration Studies in São Paulo and coordinates the São Paulo Peace Mission.

Patrick Deudonne

Filmmaker and producer


With dual training in Cinematography and International Relations from CEDI (2004), directs the production company Diamond Films. Produced the hip hop groups: Haiti Rap Clan, Clan Fatal, and Surprise 69!

Joel Orelien

Musician and actor


Holds a degree in Business Administration from the Public University of L’Artibonte Gonaives, and is an actor in the play Voodoo City - Teatro de Narradores (Story Tellers Theatre).

Evens Predestien

Teacher and musician


Teaches history, mathematics and French.

Eugênio Lima

DJ, musical director, researcher, choreographer and actor MC


Is a founding member of the artistic collectives Núcleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos, Frente 3 de Fevereiro and Banda Cora. Is a researcher of hip hop culture. Hosts the program “Vitrola Livre”, of UOL radio. Was founder of the Sub Club, Soul Family and Urbano Soul. At the Núcleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos, was nominated for the Panamco Prize for Best Track; musical direction and performance in Acordei que Sonhava (I woke up that I was Dreaming), and performance and musical direction in Orfeu Mestiço – Uma Hip-Hópera Brasileira (Mestiço Orpheus – A Brazilian Hip-Hopper).

Louides Charles



Is the leader of Satellite Musique, a Haitian band made in Brazil since January 2014, that plays typical rhythms from Haiti called compass.

Berhman Garçon

filmmaker and broadcaster


Pursuing a Master’s in Social Anthropology, is developing a research project on the history of Haitian cinema at the Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Is a graduate in Journalism from the Department of Development Sciences from the Université Polyvalente D’Haïti (UPH).

Lucia Nhamo



Zimbabwean based in South Africa, explores counter-narratives and power relationships through performances, videos and sculptures, especially including in her work questions about racial and cultural identity. Is one of the residents at Lanchonete.org, as an award for her participation in the Bamako Biennial.

Pierre Michel Jean



Lives and works in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. During his studies in Social Communications discovered photography, which he would study later. Participated in several photography courses, for instance, with Dave Damoison, Gaël Turine, Chéry Dieu Nalio, Paolo Woods. In 2013, was selected to represent Haiti at the Francophone Games in Nice, França. Has exhibited his photos in collective exhibits in Haiti and abroad.

Massar Sarr

Audiovisual Editor

Senegal / Brazil

Originally from Senegal, Massar Sarr has been based in Brazil since 2009. He is secretary of the Senegalese Association of São Paulo and of the Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mouride Religious Association. He was an advisor to the Sé sub-prefecture on immigrant-related issues.

Fatou Sy

Audiovisual Editor

Senegal / Brazil

Fatou Sy is from Dakar, Senegal and has been based in Brazil for three years. She has professional training in French and computer science. In São Paulo, she works in commerce.

Saliou Sene


Senegal / Brazil

Saliou is a Senegalese musician born in Mbour, a small town near Dakar. A member of the Laobé ethnic group, he has devoted himself from an early age to traditional crafts, primarily the building of djembes. He has performed with his band, made instruments, and taught percussion in São Paulo for the last five years. He belongs to the Sufi-Islamic community of São Paulo.

Will Robson

DJ and Music Producer

Senegal / Brazil

Will Robson is a DJ and music producer. Active in the music scene since 1994, Will also develops soundtracks for cinema and theater. He studies African music and culture and is a member of the Frente 3 de Fevereiro collective.

Baye Fall African Rythms

Musical Group

Senegal / Brazil

Group of young percussionists from Senegal who came together in 2015 in São Paulo. They belong to the Sufi-Islamic community, specifically the Baye Fall branch of Mouridism.

Abou Sidibé


Guinea / Brazil

Born in Boké, Guinea, in addition to being a musician, he is a storyteller, writer, and dancer. Based in São Bernardo do Campo since 2012, he is coordinator of the Fareta Sidibé Ballet. Accompanied by the kora, he tells stories of the culture and traditions of Guinea.

Kunta Kinté

Musiker, Produzent und Musician, Producer and Documentarist


Stage name of Ali Gueye, from Dakar. With degrees in English and transport engineering, he chose to pursue an artistic career. In 2011, he was one of the recipients of a DIGIBAP artist residency, sponsored by the the Alliance Française, which included concerts across Brazil, West Africa, and France. He is producing his first album.

Fatima Diouf



Fatima Diouf is a Senegalese singer of the griot tradition – storytellers responsible for keeping the legends and customs of their people alive. She is lead singer of the band Senegal Sunugal, formed in São Paulo by Senegalese immigrants. She also makes and sells African clothing.

Astou Coulibaly



Originally from Dakar, Senegal and based in Brazil since 2011, Astou prepares typical Senegalese cuisine. For the event, Astou prepared Ndambé, a blend of beans and spicy beef, and Café Touba, a typical Senegalese coffee flavored with spices.

Programming: Goethe-Institut São Paulo, Invisíveis Produções, Fundação Heinrich Böll
Producer: Raquel Borges
Support: Lanchonete.org