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The Documentary Film & Discussion Series meets at the Ashland Library, Community Room, every 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:00–9:00 pm. The moderated discussions are often lively and thought provoking. All points of view are welcome. Admission is free.

“Black in Latin America: Peru & Mexico: A Hidden Race?”

African slaves were brought to Mexico and Peru as early in the 16th and 17th centuries. In fact, Mexico and Peru received far more slaves than did the United States. In this final film of a four-part series, Professor Henry Louis Gates explores the worlds of culture that African descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific, and in and around Lima, Peru, where Africans, Indians and Mestizos mixed and inter-married. Are Mexicans and Peruvians aware of their history of slavery? Does racism towards blacks exist in these countries? What happens when a Mexican or Peruvian is visibly African? We’ll explore these questions and more.