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Watch Touching Preview for Doc 'We of the Saya' About Marginalized Afro-Bolivian Community

by Vanessa Martinez
August 9, 2012 7:58 PM
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The Bolivian feature documentary We of the Saya (Nosotros los de la Saya) successfully completed its funding via Kickstarter last month. Directed/produced by Sisa Bueno of Dominican and Cuban descent, the doc follows a marginalized Afro-Bolivian community led by a farmer with political aspirations to empower these descendants of African slaves, who arrived in Bolivia four centuries ago.

The filmmakers hope to broadcast the project on public television in the U.S., Bolivia and abroad. The doc also aspires to serve as an educational tool within Africana and/or Latino studies programs, as well as a cultural awareness and tolerance tool.

With the funded rough cut, filmmakers look forward to applying to Independent Film Lab Programs, such as the Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca Documentary Fund, and IFP Documentary Lab.

Here's the full synopsis:

WE OF THE SAYA (WOTS) follows a struggling Afro-Bolivian farmer who dreams of becoming involved in politics in order to help uplift her community, which has been marginalized, discounted, and socially neglected since African slavery began in Bolivia over four hundred years ago. This film offers an unique opportunity to see history being made as it was happening, and it also speaks to the systematic problem of invisibility affecting Afro-Latinos throughout Latin America.

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Watch the compelling 10 minute preview below:

WE OF THE SAYA sample from AbNomad Media on Vimeo.

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  • deecreative | August 11, 2012 1:16 AMReply

    Wow! I definitely want to see this in its entirety. I hope it makes it to PBS. So sad that the issues of people of African descent in the Americas and the diaspora as a whole are all the same! What did African people do to the rest of the world sighhhhh

  • Emmanuel | August 10, 2012 7:41 AMReply

    Very interesting. I'm really hoping I get a chance to see this film.

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