Black Migration & Influence in México (Film Presentation & Discussion)


Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6:00pm


Askwith Hall

GSE’s Black Student Union and Comunidad Latinx, alongside David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard & Espacio Migrante, are excited to present two short documentaries on Black Migration & Influence in México. Join us on February 28, 2019 in Askwith Hall as we screen Life Between Borders: Black migrants in México and Jamaica & Tamarindo: Afro tradition in the Heart of México alongside filmmaker Ebony Bailey and migration activist Paulina Olvera.

Post-films, we will engage in a conversation with these two powerful womxn about their work, migration, and what it means to be Black in México. We will also serve delicious Haitian cuisine to all guests in attendance.


Life Between Borders:
Thousands of Haitians seeking entry to the US are now left stranded at the northern Mexico border after a change in immigration policy. But Black migration is not new to Mexico, as people from the African Diaspora have lived here for centuries. In this short documentary, we meet Haitians stuck at the border as well as Africans in Mexico City to explore Black migration and identity in Mexico.

Jamaica y Tamarindo:
The jamaica flower and tamarind are iconic ingredients in Mexico, but their history comes from a place much further away. In this short documentary, we meet four people to explore African identidad in Mexico City, an identity that goes beyond the color of one's skin.