Tens of millions of Africans were scattered throughout the world during centuries of the notorious process of enslavement. The African Diasporan communities that resulted used knowledge and skills brought from Africa to contribute to the building of new societies. Torn from the world they knew, Africans and Afrodescendants forged new identities and created new cultural forms that have enriched global civilization. They preserved ancestral worldviews to which they they adapted the cultures of others to create dynamic new fusions. The documentary highlights African knowledge and technologies that developed the Americas, visits unsuspected African Diasporan societies, and reveals cultural commonalities uniting African Diasporan communities in distant lands. Subtitled in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French.

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SCATTERED AFRICA: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora

The documentary moves from the violent scattering of African people across the Atlantic Ocean to their current participation in a global community. Portraying the overwhelming, if unremunerated, economic contributions of Africans and their descendants to the wealth and power of the Americas, it also highlights elements of African culture that characterize contemporary Pan-American life. Emphasizing both similarities and differences, scholars and community leaders—from nations such as Argentina and Uruguay in which the African past and presence is scarcely known, and Suriname and Brazil where African cultural forms are too obvious to deny—discuss their own discoveries of their African heritage and of the scattered transnational community that constitutes the African Diaspora. Subtitled in English, Spanish, French.

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SLAVE ROUTES: A Global Vision


Produced for the UNESCO Slave Route Project, the documentary portrays the diverse histories and heritages of the African Diaspora stemming from the enslavement of African people. The documentary provides an overview of the forced displacements of African peoples across oceans and deserts to distant lands, highlighting their contributions both to the enrichment of their enslavers and to the creation of new cultural forms. Offering examples from the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa as well as Europe and the Americas, it moves beyond the tragedies of the commercializing and enslavement of African people to highlight their resistance in Africa and places of enslavement beginning in the 9th century. It further illustrates many of the ways in enslaved Africans and Afrodescendants triumphed over incredible oppression to play an essential role in shaping the global culture of the modern world. English, Spanish, French.


CONOCIMIENTO DESDE ADENTRO: Los afrosudafricanos hablan de sus pueblos y sus historias

La Diáspora Africana—la palabra diáspora quiere decir "sembrar a través”—hace alusión al proceso por el cual los africanos esclavizados, brutalmente desarraigados de todo lo que conocían, echaron nuevas raíces, produciendo nuevos frutos en las tierras donde se encontraron. En todas la Américas estos sobrevivientes, migrantes involuntarios, después de un trauma tan enorme, tuvieron que empezar inmediatamente, en una situación de opresión inimaginable, a inventar nuevas identidades y crear nuevas culturas que ellos fundamentaron en los saberes que trajeron de África en sinergia con lo que encontraron en su nueva tierra. Sus creaciones marcaron las sociedades de todas las Américas. Este libro representa el primer esfuerzo por generar conocimiento sobre la diáspora africana sudamericana hispanohablante “desde adentro” de manera colectiva y afrogénica. Los estudios contenidos en este volumen recogen la experiencia histórica de la diáspora africana desde la perspectiva de este grupo de activistas intelectuales afrodescendientes de Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Estados Unidos, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay y Venezuela. Traducido al portugués: 

Conhecimento desde dentro: Os afro-sul-americanos falam de seus povos e suas histórias.

Africans and Afrodescendants constituted the majority of the population during the first three hundred years of the existence of the modern Americas from Chile to Canada. Yet their fundamental roles in the creation and definition of the societies of the world they helped make new, and their significance in the development of the Atlantic world, have not been acknowledged. This multidisciplinary volume highlights the African presence throughout the Americas and African and African Diasporan contributions to the material and cultural life of all of the Americas and of all Americans. It includes articles from leading scholars and from cultural leaders from both well-known and little-known African Diasporan communities. Privileging African Diasporan voices, it offers new perspectives, data, and interpretations that challenge prevailing (mis)understandings of the Americas. Its fundamental premise is that the story of the Americas can only be accurately told by including the story of the foundational roles played by Africans and their descendants throughout the Americas.