Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together – Video

Here is 5 minutes of the work in progress film, Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together, which I talked about in my previous post tonight. After the film, some thoughts and re-watch suggestions to learn more about both the issue at hand, and everyday sights and sounds of Uruguay. Including our very weird Spanish.

Pamela Harris & Carolina De Robertis | Iris Films present a “work in progress” five minute preview of “Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together”

As you watch it, please think about the culture and history that was suppressed. Lisa and I are gratified that Candombe is becoming a vehicle for recovering the rich Afro-Uruguayo culture, and in making Uruguayans and those like us new to our adopted land understand and confront past-times and current day racism and discrimination.

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Uruguay For Me on G+ discussion: Carolina De Robertis/Pam Harris “Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together” interview

Uruguay For Me – Google – Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together.

Candombe drummers at night in street.
The “Llamada” of Candombe – ©2013 Pam Harris / Iris Film, Fair Use copy from interview. Photo is of our own Llamada right here in Uruguay Expat Life’s home town of Atlántida.

Carolina De Robertis, a top Uruguayan-American author/filmmaker of white European-Uruguayo descent, and her wife, filmmaker Pamela Harris, an African-American, recently did an interview with Being Latino and the Los Afro-Latinos Facebook group. They recount their experiences, including their surprise at discovering the African heritage of now mostly-white Uruguay, and that of encountering racism here.

Nonetheless, they both feel that Uruguay is for them. The best place for they as a same-sex lesbian, interracial, expat couple and parents of a toddler, to live, work, and thrive as a family. Enlightening reading on several aspects: racism, art, Uruguayan history, Uruguay’s openness to GLBT people, and the parallels/differences between US and Uruguayan history of slavery and its aftermath.

Our main link for this interview goes directly to one of our two Google+ sites, Uruguay For Me. G+ is open to everyone to read, and anybody with any Gmail, YouTube, Google Reader (RIP), Picasa, or any other Google service already has a Google+ ID, even if you didn’t know it. So feel free to comment either there, or right here on the blog in our newly enhanced comment system, Disqus.

Uruguay For Me is the brand and website name we’ll be launching later this year Continue reading Uruguay For Me on G+ discussion: Carolina De Robertis/Pam Harris “Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together” interview