South-to-South perceptions: African films in Colombian cinemas
For their first time in South America (they organized a festival in South Africa last year showing Colombian films), MUICA went to three major cities of Colombia: the capital, Bogotá, and also Cali and Cartagena, two cities with a larger percentage of Afro-Colombian population.
The opening film, Tango Negro, the African Roots of Tango, touched the sensitive subject of African diaspora in Argentina to unwind history and reveal a surprising twist. Directed by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro, the documentary discusses the historical backdrop that shaped the evolution of tango, and it highlights the controversy in the origins of the musical genre in Argentina and Uruguay.
The movie calls the attention to think that in the Kikongo language, the name “tango” means sun, but it may also refer to time and space. Like a vibrating sun that has long misplaced its origins and traded its credibility for ignorance and racism, tango is but one of many features taken over by a socio political eclipse that shaded our view of the past and kept us from hearing the story of our very own roots.
Opening the showcase with this documentary was very reassuring, and it gave the audience an idea of the kind of films they could expect from MUICA.
Review written by Felisa Jiménez