Quick Note: The Importance of Afro-Latinos

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  April 2, 2010 — 3 Comments

Creador Pictures has produced a new seven-part documentary series detailing the history and cultural contributions of African descendants in Latin America. Entitled “Afro-Latinos: The Untaught Story”, the series explores an often overlooked aspect of Latin American history.

“There are an estimated 200 million Afro-descendants throughout Latin America; yet the majority, have no political or economic power. Afro-Latinos: The Untaught Story will take you on a journey to meet Afro-Latinos throughout Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations of Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is the story of a shared history not found in textbooks. This film gives a voice to communities who have been invisible until now.”

Of special interest to my readers, one episode explores the religious contributions of Afro-Latinos, including coverage of the Santeria and Vodou faiths (previewed in the trailer embedded above).

“The programs quest is to better understand the religious connections and distinctions between the Catholic Church and religious practices such as Yoruba and Voodoo. We learn about these religious and sacred ceremonies through dance and music. The drum is a very significant instrument used in Latin music today but do many people know its history?”

Considering the media coverage both Vodou and Santeria have received in recent years here in America, much of it misinformed or negative, I’m hoping this series will present a level-headed and much-needed corrective. The series is supposed to air sometime in late 2010, but no channel or scheduling information seems to be posted to the web site yet. Hopefully, even if it doesn’t air here in the United States of America, they will eventually release it on DVD.

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