Some Kind Of Funny Porto Rican?
A Cape Verdean-American Story

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When I left home in l970 to go to college I never dreamed our community was going to be displaced as a result of gentrification, historic preservation, expansion of Brown University. I made this film because there was no record of the story or history of our community. Spirit of Cape ...Read more

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