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An exploration of what it means to inhabit Mexico as a black woman, NEGRA tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern Mexico. Together with the subjects of her film, director Medhin Tewolde Serrano embarks on a deeply personal journey that traverses the tumultuous landscapes of racism, resistance, and processes of self-acceptance, while culminating in a celebration of identity.


Medhin Tewolde Serrano is Eritrean-Mexican woman originally from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, who has lived in Chiapas for over 10 years. After her training in documentary film making, she became concerned with telling the stories of Others. She has dedicated herself to accompanying participatory video processes and community communication in Spain, Tunisia, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Her accompaniment of these processes revealed her own process of constructing identity as an Afro-descendant woman, which motivated her to create a documentary that speaks to the significance and implication of being a Black woman in Mexico.

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    72 minutes
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  • Director
    Medhin Tewolde Serrano
  • Screenwriter
    Medhin Tewolde Serrano
  • Producer
    Daniela Contreras