It’s no secret, the film industry isn’t diverse. From the directors and producers to the characters (with speaking roles) and costume designers, it’s evident in all aspects of the filmmaking process that representation isn’t at the forefront of creation for Hollywood. In fact, researchers at USC Annenberg shared in a 2016 report on diversity that their findings “suggest that exclusion is the norm rather than the exception in Hollywood.”
Although we’ve had glimmers of hope this year alone with films like Black Panther, A Wrinkle In Time and Crazy Rich Asians, more can be done. And there are a number of creatives who are taking the independent route, producing diverse films and documentaries that entertain, educate and speak to the core of human nature. These films can be found in one of many film festivals both in the U.S. and abroad.
The film La Negrada, which was shown at the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) in August, was praised for its all-Black Mexican cast. But news quickly surfaced that director Jorge Pérez Solano described Afro-Mexicans as “savage” in an interview with a national newspaper. Organizations such as Mexico Negro, Huella Negra, and Afrodescendencias en Mexico contend that the drama plays into stereotypes about Blacks.
There are, however, films that were created by Afro-descendants to showcase various aspects of culture in Latin American. Check out these eight films directed by Black women across Latin America: