The Island is centred on the recognition of African histories and cultures in their autonomy and diversity. It dismantles prejudices that have taken root in Portuguese society, giving value and respect to the active and dynamic participation of men and women of African origin who have lived and continue to live in Portugal, and whose achievements and contributions are central to the histories of the places in which they are integrated today. From a female biographical point of view, it weaves toigether several stories that challenge patriarchal narrative conventions.
The series questions standard notions of identity based on categories of race and gender, through a counter-narrative constructed by complex and intersecting biographies.
The Island is situated outside the Eurocentric gaze, being developed from a black feminist perspective, and implementing through its narrative the operation of the oppositional gaze (bell hooks) in which stereotypical representations of gender and race are deconstructed.
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