2. Read the essay “Maroon Logics as Flight from the Euromodern” by Pedro Lebrón Ortiz.
3. Pick ONE of the following prompts and respond in the comment section down below. The deadline is 3/2 before the class. 200-word minimum.
Pedro Lebrón Ortiz affirms that “the enslaved, whose humanity was denied by slavery, did not simply deny slavery, but rather first affirmed his/her humanity and by means of that affirmation denied the institution that denied his/her humanity.” (Page 6)
In which ways does the film Quilombo shows maroons’ practices as an affirmation of their humanity? Refer to specific scenes, songs, choreographies, or ideas presented by the film.
Lebrón Ortiz defines marronage as “a distinct manner of embodying freedom inasmuch as it was a struggle for life and an affirmation of a way of life within the material limits of the sociopolitical context of the enslaved. Enslaved subjects of African descent collaborated and mixed in with indigenous subjects in solidarity, which resulted in the development of new practices and institutions. This combining of cultural elements was caused by the sociopolitical context in which both groups, with all their complexity and diversity, faced annihilation.” (Page 3)
How does the film Quilombo illustrate this definition? Refer to specific scenes, songs, choreographies, or ideas presented by the film.
“Freedom can be conceived of as an existential state of Being in which one rejects the imposition of foreign archetypes by means of an affirmation of one’s own world. Marronage is flight from Euromodernity itself. Maroon logics … break down notions of individualism, the foundational fallacy of Euromodernity, in the sense that maroon logics are guided by the primacy of the community for the sake of survival.” (Page 10-11)
Discuss how in Quilombo the community becomes a central character that works towards a free space separated from the colonial government. Refer to specific scenes, songs, choreographies, or ideas presented by the film.
Respectfully interact with ONE of your classmates’ responses. Do you agree with their arguments and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about Quilombo and/or “Maroon Logics as Flight from the Euromodern” do you want to bring into the discussion?