The Ashland Documentary Film & Discussion Series will present the film Mexico and Peru: A Hidden Race, The Black Grandma in the Closet, from the PBS series Black in Latin America, on Thursday, July 11, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Ashland Library, Community Room, 66 Front St. The event is free and open to the public.
African slaves were brought to Mexico and Peru as early at the 16th and 17th centuries. In fact, these countries received far more slaves than did the United States.
In this final film from a four-part series, “Black in Latin America,” Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the worlds of culture that African descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific, and in and around Lima, Peru, where Africans, Indians and Mestizos mixed and inter-married—an almost unknown history.
Are Mexicans and Peruvians aware of their history of slavery? Does racism towards blacks exist in these countries? What happens when a Mexican or Peruvian is visibly African? Attend the Documentary Film & Discussion Series to discuss race in Mexico, Peru and many more issues.
About the Ashland Documentary Film & Discussion Series
Started in 2015, the Documentary Film & Discussion series, sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library, meets every second Thursday of the month. For more information, call the library, 508-881-0134, or visit www.friendsoftheapl.com.