La Negrada

Film • Dec 19

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Shot entirely in small towns throughout Oaxaca’s Costa Chica, La Negrada employed local non-professional actors to tell the story of two women, Juana and Magdalena, romantically involved with the same man, Neri.

In Mexico, Afro-communities represent only 1% of the total population and have only recently been recognized as an ethnic group, nation, and culture. La Negrada is the first Mexican fiction movie filmed entirely in one of those these communities, with local people and no professional actors.

Directed by Jorge Pérez Solano.

Please join us after the screening for a talkback with Mijane Jiménez (President, Mano Amiga de la Costa Chica A.C.) and Dr. Kimberly Simmons (Professor of Anthropology at USC whose research is on African Diasporas in Latin America and the Caribbean).

Though this is a historic film, critiques have been raised about its representation of Black Mexicans and its dependence on stereotypes.  We at the Nick are aware of this critique and have initiated conversations with AfroLatinx communities here and in Mexico. After much consideration and valuable advice, we have decided to screen the film as an opportunity to discuss these issues.

Please find below a statement from Afrodescendencias about their critiques (in Spanish) or see this article in English.

The Nickelodeon strives to be a community space where important dialogue and discussion can happen, a place where our communities can be informed, engaged, and heard.  The decision to screen this film was not an easy one, but we believe the accompanying talkback will reflect our values and mission.

2018. Mexico. 104 minutes. Not Rated.