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Atlantic Portals: Full Circle is the second in a trilogy of feature length documentaries about the Cape Verdean community in the Fox Point section of Providence, Rhode Island: the second oldest and largest community of Cape Verdeans in the world, outside of the Cape Verde Islands. Atlantic Portals picks up where the critically acclaimed Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican? A Cape Verdean American Story (2006) left off, with the displacement of the community in the 1960s as a result of urban renewal and gentrification.
Atlantic Portals: Full Circle brings the story back to Cape Verde in search of “home” only to return to Fox Point to follow the community’s efforts to create a sustainable legacy in the “new” Fox Point. It brings closure and acceptance of the loss of the Cape Verdeans physical presence in Fox Point, and recognizes that “home” is a state of mind, not just a zip code, and that the Cape Verdean legacy will be preserved in the telling of the story.
Claire Andrade-Watkins is an artist/filmmaker/historian, and an Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. Since 2007 she has been a Visiting Scholar at Brown University in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, and has held an appointment as a Swearer Center Community Fellow. She was a 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Film, and has received grants for her documentaries from the LEF Foundation, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. She is the founder and President of SPIA Media Productions, Inc., a production and distribution company specializing in media from the Africana Diaspora.