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Preview 'Negrita' (Documentary on Afro Latina Identity in the U.S.)

by Jasmin Tiggett
September 10, 2012 10:44 AM
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Here's a new entry into the continuing discussion on the Black and Latino experience.

NEGRITA, a forthcoming documentary from director/producer Magdalena Albizu, will look deeper into the experience of Afro Latinas in the United States. Consider this akin to the Black and Latino mini-doc that emerged back in January. But unlike that 10-minute piece, this project looks to be a feature-length doc with a scholarly focus on women.

The summary:

"NEGRITA will expose the dynamics of being 'Black,' the current tone of race relations between African-Americans and Hispanics in the United States, and how the Latino perception of being ‘Black’ affects Afro Latinas in the country, regardless of culture and nationality.

Why are Afro Latinas encouraged to 'marry lighter' in order to adelantar la raza (advance the race)? Why do Latinos tend to define and favor their Spanish and Indigenous heritage and often choose to identify as anything but Black?"

The production team includes producer Ingrid Matias, director of photography Donavan Lambert, and videograper Eddie Bailey.

The filmmakers are seeking $20,000 to cover the costs of research, equipment, transportation and crew, and have 15 days left to do so. Find their pitch below, and if  you like what you see, click HERE to contribute.

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  • Africameleon | September 10, 2012 5:28 PMReply

    Thanks for the heads up on this doc. It looks like this ties into some of the issues ppl raised with the Zoe Saldona casting as Nina Simone. Not the casting itself, but a few of the "she's not black" comments that came up. Good possibilities for constructive conversations!

  • Alexandrea Ward | September 11, 2012 1:56 PM

    Agreed! Can't wait to see this once it's done.

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