Two centuries before George Washington or Simon Bolivar dreamed of liberation from European tyranny, there were Africans in the Americas who had fought for and won their independence. Throughout the New World, enslaved Africans resisted their subjugation in a variety of ways, from quiet acts of sabotage to armed uprisings. Some escaped into the forests and started communities of their own. The Spanish called them “Cimarrones”, from the Taino term for “flight of an arrow”.
When possible, the cimarrones sought the company of others who spoke their language and shared their customs. They formed communities (palenques) based on common homelands and ethnicities, in effect, recreating African societies in the Americas. Some palenques were made up of Africans of different origins who united their common enemy, the European enslavers. In the mid-16th century Panama, the cimarrones formed a confederation of palenques which become so powerful that Spanish colonists feared an African takeover.
Cimarrones were seen as criminals or recluses. This documentary examines them as human beings who sought safety and dignity in a strange land.
An entertaining documentary that explores the African culture of Colombia through music.
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