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Watch Pt.1 of "Negro: A Docu-Series About Latino Identity" Now Fundraising

by Vanessa Martinez
November 21, 2011 6:50 PM
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Negro: A Docu-Series About Latino Identity

Negro: A Docu-Series About Latino Identity, a documentary by Dash Harris, is currently raising funds through gofundme. Through donations from family and friends, Harris has been able to produce the first part of the series; in which he travels to the Dominican Republic and Colombia to speak to African descendants of various towns in both countries. Having seen the compelling first part, which I embedded below, the documentary also speaks about the Hispanic/Latino communities in general, and the racism, colorism and classism unfortunately prominent in Latin America.

Subjects filmed speak about their cultural identities as it relates to living in the U.S. and in their native countries. Negro: A Docu-Series also hopes to educate non-Latino viewers about stereotypes, perpetuated by the media both in the U.S. and through Latin America. It's not a revelation to say that many "Latinos" (never been fond of the term *shrug*) across the Americas have been indoctrinated to embrace their European heritage and deny the African at all costs. Ignorance abounds in these countries as many "Latinos" in general will deny being black or their African ancestry, opting to define themselves ambiguously as "tanned" or "Indian" instead. Reality is that a great vast of Latin America belongs to the African Diaspora.

Here's an excerpt from the fundraising site:

Latinos are not a monolith. There is no one look or concept of race for us. We are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow and our experiences and identities reflect that. This will open the dialogue to conversations that have not been had out in the open thus far. This docu-series explores the history and present attitudes of race, color, self identification and social interaction among Latinos from Latinos themselves. Through candid interviews you will see the good, the bad, the ugly and the absolute beauty of Latinos’ perceptions of their culture. This project aims to unite, it is to offer insight into a present and future united global community through candid dialogue, truth, awareness, acceptance and appreciation.

Take a look at the first part below:

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  • Daliso | November 22, 2011 9:39 PMReply

    Great info. In production of the next edition, it would help to watch the sound levels/mic sources to make sure the sound is even throughout.

  • Margo | November 22, 2011 4:12 PMReply

    Very interesting!

  • Donella | November 22, 2011 1:27 PMReply

    **Ignorance abounds in these countries as many "Latinos" in general will deny being black or their African ancestry, opting to define themselves ambiguously as "tanned" or "Indian" instead.**

    I've never met a person from the Dominican Republic willing to admit to African ancestry. Never.

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