Free Film Festival: Black in Latin America
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
3:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Carl DeSantis Building, Knight Auditorium
NSU student panelists and Assistant Professor Debra Nixon, Ph.D., of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will take part in this event.
Black in Latin America, a new four-part film series on the influence of African descent on Latin America, is the 11th and latest production from renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. He examines how Africa and Europe came together to create the rich cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean. Professor Gates discovers, behind a shared legacy of colonialism and slavery, vivid stories and people marked by African roots. Latin America and the Caribbean have the largest concentration of people with African ancestry outside Africa— up to 70 percent of the population in some countries. The region imported more than 10 times as many slaves as the United States, and kept them in bondage far longer. Professor Gates celebrates the massive influence of millions of people of African descent on the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean, and considers why and how their contributions are forgotten or ignored.