The Norcross Welcome Center is hosting a screening and lecture around "Gullah Tales," a film about a group of Americans whose history is deeply rooted in African and Creole heritage.
Directed and written by Gary Moss, "Gullah Tales" explores the rich culture of Gullah. According to a news release, the Gullah people live throughout the South’s “Lowcountry,” which stretches along the Georgia and South Carolina coastal plains and Sea Islands areas.
They also are descendants of rice plantation slaves, and are said to represent one of the purest examples of retaining African culture in the U.S. with preserving much of their linguistic and cultural heritage.
"Properly referred to as 'Sea Island Creole,' the Gullah language is related to Jamaican Creole, Barbadian Dialect, Bahamian Dialect, and the Krio language of Sierra Leone in West Africa," according to the release. "Gullah storytelling, cuisine, music, folk beliefs, crafts, farming and fishing traditions all exhibit strong influences from West and Central African cultures."
The film was nominated for a 1988 Academy Award in the Best Live Action Short Film category. Moss will be at the Norcross event to introduce the film, give commentary and answer questions.
Norcross' "Gullah Tales'" screening and lecture is free to the public and it will be held in the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center at 10 College Street. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, and the event is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Cate Kitchen with the welcome center at 678-421-2049.
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