WHO IS BLACK IN AMERICA?
179 Grace Dodge, Teachers College
Has Black Panther, the film contributed to a better understanding of the Black experience? What steps to take to improve the understanding, acceptance and acknowledgement of the diversity of the Black experiences in America?
1:30PM Angelica – Q&A
3:45PM Sons of Benkos & Cimarronaje en Panama – Q&A
6:00PM Scattered Africa & Black Mexicans / La Negrada
Panel Discussion “WHO IS BLACK IN AMERICA?” & reception
Angelica deals with racism in Puerto Rico, Scattered Africa, Sons of Benkos and Cinmarronaje en Pamana are documentaries that examine the contributions of Africans and their descendants to the wealth and power of the Americans, and portrays elements of African culture that characterize everyday life throughout the Americas today. Black Mexicans/La Negrada, is the first mexican feature film about the Afro-Mexican community, filmed entirely with people from different towns around the Costa Chica in Oaxaca.
Panelists: Angelica director Marisol Gomez & writer, poet and activist born and raised in Colon, Panama Yvette Modestin. Other panelists TBA
Two centuries before George Washington or Simon Bolivar dreamed of liberation from European tyranny, enslaved Africans in Panama fought for and gained their independence. Finding refuge in the vast forests, they reclaimed their lives and formed free African communities throughout the isthmus. A documentary about the maroons of Panama.
Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora. Based on her experiences of discovering the origins of her own US African American culture in Africa and experiencing its relationships with other Afrodescendant cultures in the Americas, anthropologist Sheila Walker shares new perspectives on the Americas by introducing us to the people who were her teachers and cultural guides.
Angelica has spent her whole life escaping from her mixed racial identity, but a family crisis forces her to return to Puerto Rico and rethink her life.
An entertaining documentary that explores the African culture of Colombia through music.