Contributed by Afrolatinos: The Untaught Story
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In Latin American there is an estimated 150 million people of African descent. Of that population, 92% live in extreme poverty and 70% are women and children.
Afrolatinos: The Untaught Story is a documentary television series independently produced by Creador Pictures, LLC. Afrolatinos is a seven part series in English and Spanish that shows the rich culture and shares the contributions of the enslaved Africans who arrived to the Caribbean, Central and South America. This history is often omitted when talking about these regions of the world. Our mission is to teach the uninformed and initiate social change throughout Latin America while sharing an important part of our history we hope never to be forgotten.
We are inviting you to Un Llamado y Respuesta! A Call and Response! This is a call to you, nuestra comunidad, for help in bringing these stories, nuestra historia, to the world! With your contribution we will be able to continue to put the blood, sweat, and tears into the last legs of production for the film. In addition, we’ve also started an Afrolatinos: The Untaught Story petition to get 100,000 signatures to show major networks that people want and need to hear this story.
The producers have traveled to over 18 different countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and conducted 200 interviews in order to explore the full story of Afrolatinos. The program aims to better understand religious connections and distinctions between the Catholic Church, Yoruba, and Voodoo traditions within Afrolatino culture.
We examine the significant influence of Afrolatinos in music. The drum is a very significant instrument used in Latin music, but how many people know its history? We also have a segment on Afro-Latino gastronomy, which will show the many dishes with African influence seen in everyday life.
Identity and racial discrimination are just a few of the many social issues affecting Afrolatinos. We interviewed people from the U.S to Argentina on topics such as self-hate, the idea of good hair, bad hair, interracial marriages, oppression and exploitation.
We have been working on the Afrolatinos documentary for over five years, traveled to more than 18 countries and have well over 200 interviews documenting all that is Afro culture throughout Latin America. This is an ambitious project.
This is more than a campaign. This is a movement. This is a call to our community and to the world that the varied experiences from the Afrolatino community will be shared on a much larger scale.
To learn more about Afrolatinos, visit www.afrolatinos.tv Afrolatinos also welcomes you to join in their upcoming Live Twitter Party on Monday, May 6 from 9 - 10:30 p.m. EST