Así somos: Afro Identities in the Coast

The Coast of the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero have the highest population of afro-descendants in the entire country. This documentary was created because the people from the coast of Oaxaca requested that I film our talks on identity and blackness. The recordings take place in the towns of Charco Redondo and Chacahua, both in Oaxaca.

This is something I put together last minute because I had no intention of making a documentary. I wish only to give the people from the Coast representation as invisibilization of the Black race in Mexico is common. Rarely does someone think about Mexico when they think of the African diaspora but more enslaved Africans went to Mexico and Perú combined than the United States.

This documentary is intended to bring awareness of the African diaspora in Mexico and to help begin conversations on identity and blackness. — Andy Amaya

For more information on the director, Andy Amaya, and his film, check out this article by Andrew S. Vargas at Remezcla.

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