The Esmeraldas Beach

Landmark Peoria presents THE ESMERALDAS BEACH

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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 school book that presents black Ecuadorians prominently since the only Afro-descendants shown in local school books 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.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    58 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    USA
  • Director
    Patrice Raynal