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Angolan poetess presents work in international poetry festivals

Jaliya The Bird, an Angolan poetess, is participating in several international poetry festivals with the screening of her short film Idle Wordship.

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"At the moment, Jaliya is participating in the fifth edition of the Weimar Poetry Film Awards, a poetry competition organized by the Thuringia International Film and Poetry Festival (Germany) where the short film will not only compete for the award but will also be screened. The contest counts with the presence of artists from several countries such as Brazil, Venezuela, France, and Sierra Leone. Still in Germany, the work will also mark participation in the Zebra Poetry Film Festival that will take place in Berlin next month, starting on the 19th", can be read in a statement sent to VerAngola.

According to the note, in April this year the short film was shown at other festivals such as the Candence Video Poetry Festival and the Arts X SDGS Poetry Festival, both in the United States.

"Idle Worship was also at the Realtime International Film Festival in Nigeria where it was honored with the Spoken Word Best Film Award. In September of this year he participated in the International Social Change Film Festival (Change Fest) in Chicago, USA, where he was part of a selection of films on gender and sexuality," the document states.

The short film was produced in 2019 by Usovoli Cinema. Directed by Ariel Casimiro, Idle Worship "is a poem that uses the stories of several women to talk about emotional, sexual, physical abuse and violence against women".

Calling for freedom, the poem is a "call to undo the culture of silence, of shame, it is an open letter to women".

Jaliya The Bird is an Angolan writer, poet and performer. "Her work explores being Woman, Black, and African, how these factors individually or collectively shape how someone sees and navigates the world and how the world responds," the statement said, stating that the poet is "passionate about freedom and authenticity, living life from the essence of who we are as we respond to the causes that move us".

You can visit the work of the poet at www.jaliyathebird.com.