Film camera

Janaína Oliveira

Film researcher & programmer



With a myriad of filmmakers from around the world, we will explore where power lies and how power can be shared when we start to understand our past and present. We will talk about decolonisation, restorative storytelling and the struggle to find your own place.


Janaína is a film history researcher and programmer. In 2018/2019, she was a programmer alongside Tessa Boerman at IFFR/Rotterdam’s focus on Afro-Brazilian directors, Soul in the Eye. Janaína is also the founder and coordinator of FICINE, Black Cinema Itinerant Forum), an international network for capacity building and discussion forum on black filmic, audiovisual and photographic production that focus on the black experience internationally.

Janaína is an academic in black cinemas worldwide and holds a PhD in History and is a professor at the Federal Instituto of Rio de Janerio (IFRJ). She is currently a Fulbright scholar at the Center for African Studies at Howard University, in Washington D.C. She is the programmer of the Zózimo Bulbul Black Cinema Encounter in Rio de Janeiro and FINCAR, International Women Filmmakers Festival in Recife.

She has also participated in the selection committees of the Brasília Festival, Kinoforum, Directors’ Week in Rio de Janeiro and the Peripheral Visions Festival also in Rio. She is a member of the Association of Black Audiovisual Professionals (APAN), and is a member of the selection committees of a host of other festivals. Janaína is, in addition, a member of Programmers of Colour Collective and was also announced as the Programmer of the Flaherty Film Seminar in 2020. She the first Brazilian to program the seminar since its creation in 1955, and the sixth Latin American programmer.