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In today’s Ecuador, the black population, the descendants of enslaved Africans, continue to experience strong racial and social discrimination. Yet people in the community still strive to value their specific culture and transmit the rebellious memory of their ancestors who fought for freedom. The Esmeraldas Beach sets out to expose the invisibility of Afro-Ecuadorians and rectify the narrative of the country’s history with the film’s central protagonist, Juan García, who has worked on that project for years. He developed a schoolbook that presents black Ecuadorians prominently since the only Afro-descendants shown in local schoolbooks are portrayed next to a marimba and football.  The documentary also addresses the 1999 assassination of Prime Minister Jaime Hurtado, the first Black to hold this office.


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  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    58 minutes
  • Language
    French, Spanish, English subtitles
  • Country
    France, Ecuador
  • Director
    Patrice Raynal