AfroMundo Festival: Angelica Screening & Panel Discussion
April 18, 2022
Free community event
This Spanish w/English subtitles film takes an intimate look at racial issues within a Puerto Rican family and brings taboo discussions of racial politics to the foreground. “People talk about racism and sexism in the U.S.,” Film Director Gómez-Mouakad explains. “They may not do much, but in talking about it they are at least addressing the problem. In Puerto Rico — and across the Caribbean and Latin America — there is a lot of denial. If you do talk about the issues, you are accused of being over sensitive. But words have power and words can hurt.” ~ Marisol Gómez-Mouakad. Panelists include Mayra Santos-Febres, Eleuterio Santiago Díaz, and Raquel Z. Rivera.
Shared Roots: A Celebration of Afro-Latinx Culture
AfroMundo was born of a desire to counter alienation and marginalization by fostering civic engagement. It was therefore founded on the principles of convite—an age-old collaborative tradition that enables community members to pool their talents and scarce resources for rituals of life, socialization and mutual support, whether to collectively harvest each other’s fields, erect homes, tend to the sick, bury the dead, celebrate Feast Days or organize festivals, thus strengthening communal bonds and ensuring that no one toils, grieves or celebrates alone.
In the spirit of convite which takes into account that communities are wellsprings of wisdom, talents and skills, AfroMundo is a diverse, multigenerational collective of tradition bearers, storytellers, community historians, artists, cultural specialists and humanities scholars with the shared goal of nurturing community through meaningful traditional as well as contemporary cultural, artistic, and humanities programs designed to nourish the soul, address inequities, spark informed dialogues, and establish alliances to combat racism and bias.
For other festival activities please go to AfroMundo.org or AfroMundo Organization on Facebook.