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U of M Hispanic Student Association Will Screen The Forgotten Root Feb. 10 University News
For release: February 5, 2009

For press information, contact Julia Adames, 931-980-1648

The Forgotten Root
The Hispanic Student Association will present The Forgotten Root, a film by the renowned Mexican director Rafael Rebollar, on Tuesday, February 10,  at 7 p.m. in the University of Memphis Psychology Auditorium.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Rebollar’s work explores the different historical and contemporary perspectives of Afro-Mexicans within different regions of Mexico. Rebollar will introduce his film and lead a discussion regarding the mythical construction of a national identity and the African diaspora.

In discussions of Mexican identity, we frequently hear of the “twin roots” of Mexican culture – the Spanish and the indigenous Native American roots. Yet there is also a little-discussed third root, the “forgotten root” of the Africans who were brought to Mexico as slaves or who escaped from slavery in the U.S. This film illuminates the legacy of this third root in the regions of Veracruz in the east and the Costa Chica region of Guerrero and Oaxaca in the west. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

For more information, call Julia Adames at 931-980-1648.


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