Negra

September 9 – 16 / Online

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Mexico 2020 (72 min)
Documentary
Director: Medhin Tewolde Serrano

I was about seven years old the first time someone called me “black” on the street. I turned around to see who they were talking to, until I realized it was me.

That day I understood I was black, and the laughter it caused among the people nearby made me think being a black person wasn’t that great… Was this only happening to me? Or did it happen to other black women?

“Negra” shows the director in her search of exploring what it means to inhabit Mexico as a black woman. It tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern Mexico, exposing racism, resistance and processes of self-acceptance, strategies for transcending stereotypes, and the celebration of their identity.

This film is sponsored by the University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and the Center for Latin American Studies