Afro-Colombian Cinema Program

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The Afro-Colombian Cinema program. Colombia has the largest number of Afro-descendants in Spanish speaking America.  Some Colombian filmmakers have explored the Afro-Colombian experience in films. La Playa D.C. by Juan Andrés Arango and Chocó by Jhonny Hendrix gave to audiences in Berlin, Cannes and Toronto the opportunity to appreciate the multiracial/ multicultural reality of that nation. The films in this program offer an introduction to a very rich and interesting culture as well as some information on the struggle of the Afro-Colombian to be discussed during an ADIFF virtual panel focusing on Afro-Colombian cinema.

Jhonny Hendrix, Director, CHOCÓ
Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, Ed.D., Co-Director ADIFF
Conversant: Natalie Adorno Ortiz, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

In this program


Directed by Jhonny Hendrix

Chocó ekes out a meager existence for her family by working in a gold mine while her abusive alcoholic husband does nothing. When he raids their daughter’s birthday fund, Chocó is determined to end his deprivations.

La Playa DC

Directed by Juan Andrés Arango Garcia

La Playa D.C. from Colombia (Official Selection, Cannes 2012 and 2013 Colombia Oscar submission) is about an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country’s Pacific coast pushed out by the war, and faces the difficulties of growing up in the city of Bogota.

The Missed Round

Directed by Rafael Martínez Moreno

A washed-up boxer who gets paid to throw fights tries to turn his life around after meeting a young boy who claims to be his son.

The Stoplight Society

Directed by Rubén Mendoza

Stoplights are hell for the people forced out of the countryside to beg in the city. One of…

Sons of Benkos

Directed by Silva Lucas

An entertaining documentary that explores the African culture of Colombia through music. The film presents the music of…