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African History in Puerto Rico from En la Punta de la Lengua

"Experts are brought in to discuss in-depth the history of Blackness in Puerto Rico."

 

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Chill Out by Ray BLK ft. SG Lewis

"In partnership with the Larry Chang centre through J-FLAG, the first human rights organisation in the history of Jamaica, to serve the needs of the LGBT community, the creatives behind this video are aiming to raise US$50,000 initially, so a property can be leased to accommodate these transgender youths, aka the Gully Queens of Kingston, Jamaica. 
The long-term goal is to purchase a safe haven, provide psychological support and assist with their medical expenses and welfare. We will also aim to provide a stable income for the transgender youth by creating the Queen's fashion brand. Mentored by volunteers from our collective creative communities, it will consist of crochet pieces and customised t-shirts from which they will receive 100% of the earnings. It will be sold on www.pumpumgyals.com platform."

 

 

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Death By A Thousand Cuts by Atlanta Film Society

"Eligio Eloy Vargas, alias Melaneo, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park was found brutally murdered by machete. At the time, he was believed to have been on patrol investigating an illegal charcoal production site often run by Haitians coming across the border into protected Dominican forests. This murder becomes the metaphor for the larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation: the alleged murder weapon itself being the same tool used to chop down Dominican trees by the thousands."

 

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I Went to a Voodoo Ceremony and This is What I Saw by Circa News

"Go inside an actual Haitian voodoo ceremony, and meet a real voodoo queen." A respectful video about Vodou, ceremony, and community all through the perspective of Mambo Rosaline. [My commentary]

 

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Meet Brooklyn's Voodou Queen: Edeline St. Armand

"Being possessed, it turns out, is exhausting work. Just ask Mambo Edeline St. Armand. While popular culture portrays Vodou as full of curses and sticking pins into little dolls, the religion has in fact played a central role in Haitian cultural identity since the country's birth, a result of the New World's first and only successful slave rebellion. Since Brooklyn is home to the largest Haitian population outside of Haiti, we sent Thomas Morton into our own backyard to witness the realities of being possessed by Vodou's multitude of rowdy, rum-thirsty spirits."

Meet the Vodou Priestess Summoning Healing Spirits in Post-Earthquake Haiti by Broadly

"Broadly travels to Haiti in search of healing with Mambo Katy, a Vodou priestess who summons the spirits to help heal her community. Six years after the 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 160,000 and left over a million people without a home, Haiti is still in dire need of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Mambo Katy comforts all those who orbit in her sphere, feeding their stomachs and their souls with a combination of financial support and traditional Vodou healing practices. We’ll follow Katy and those whose lives she’s touched as they make their selections of livestock at a beast market, adorn the temple, and prepare for the celebration of the dead, an immersive and transformative ceremony that will call on the spirits to protect the community." [

Me gritaron negra poem by Victoria Santa Cruz [english subtitles]

"La escritora se enfrenta al racismo y lo enfrenta con orgullo y coraje."

 

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Papa Machete by A Third Horizon Film

"Papa Machete is a glimpse into the life of Alfred Avril, an aging subsistence farmer who lives in the hills of Jacmel, Haiti. He also happens to be a master of the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing, also known as Tire Machèt. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete—which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival—Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present. The film documents his proud devotion to his heritage and his struggle to keep it alive in the face of contemporary globalization. Professor Alfred Avril passed away December 1, 2014, one year after the making of this film."

 

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Rhythms of The Bahamas by director Brittney Ambrister

"Rhythms of The Bahamas is an informative style documentary which introduces its viewers to the traditionally accepted forms of Indigenous Bahamian music. The documentary shares insight on various elements of each genre, which gives them their own brand, Goombay, Rake 'n Scrape and Junkanoo. The interview driven film highlights some of the most accomplished and respected musicians, artists and music industry professionals over a broad ranging cross section of disciplines in the music and entertainment industry. In 2013, Rhythms of The Bahamas won the Florida International Film Festival (FLIFF). In the same year, the documentary placed first in The College of The Bahamas Film Festival."

 

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THEY ARE WE by Sergio Leyva Seiglie

"Can a family separated for 170 years by the transatlantic slave trade sing and dance its way back together again? THEY ARE WE tells a story of survival against the odds, and how determination and shared humanity can triumph over the bleakest of histories."

 

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Yoruba

"From the mid 16th to the mid 19th century, hundreds of African-native slaves were kidnapped to Cuba, who brought their culture and beliefs with them. Coming from the current Nigeria, the most influential religion was Yoruba. Their deities or Orishas got equated with catholic saints, creating so a local religious sincretism. Amongst the various Afrocuban religions, the most widely spread is Santerí­a or Regla de Ocha. From the period of the Spanish colony, it had been hidden or forbidden. Since the arrival of the socialist system, it has enjoyed an unprecedented growth."

 

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