LATINEGRAS: THE JOURNEY OF SELF-LOVE THROUGH AN AFROLATINA LENS
Language: English, Spanish
Running Time: 55min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Knight Made in MIA Award
“Identity is a journey.” This first-person documentary follows Miami-based artist, scholar and filmmaker Omilani Alarcón’s on journey of self-actualization through history and heritage in both her native Puerto Rico and the continental US.
Filled with candid, lively interviews with women of both Latin American and African descent, Latinegras offers empowerment through knowledge and solidarity. Drawing inspiration from icons like Celia Cruz and Afro-Peruvian poet Victoria Santa Cruz, Alarcón examines the slow but steady evolution of latinegra representation in popular culture, while reminding us of the dark legacy of slavery and the problematic etymologies of terms like “mulatto” or “Creole.”
Latinegras is a celebration of cultural complexity and the importance self-love, prompting each of us to look deep into ourselves and discover what it is that makes beautiful.
Director: Omilani Alarcón
Executive Producer: Omilani Alarcón
Music: Omilani Alarcón
Cinematographer: Chief A E Aluko, Omilani Alarcón, Reynaldo Rodriguez
Editor: Omilani Alarcón