One of the most exciting and inspiring revitalizations in New Orleans culture has been the revival of the Baby Doll Carnival tradition and its exploration in a new book and film. The Festival is pleased to present this early screening. Meet Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, whose study, “The Baby Dolls”: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition, has sparked this renewed interest; she is the producer with Vashni Balleste, of the documentary The Baby Dolls: Preserving Culture in New Orleans, directed by Dr. Tia Smith in collaboration with the Xavier University Department of Mass Communication. And you’ll get to hear from some of the Baby Dolls who are keeping this empowering, beautiful tradition alive on the city’s streets.
SAT 3/25 4:00 PM
Williams Research Center