(New York, NY / Bogota, Colombia)— Creador Pictures announces the official website launch for the groundbreaking television documentary, “Afro Latinos: The Untaught Story” (Afro-Latinos: La Historia Que Nunca Nos Contaron”). Created and Produced by award-winning television producer Renzo Devia and co-produced by celebrated journalist Alicia Anabel Santos. This seven part series is expected to leave viewers with a new perspective on the heritage of Latinos worldwide, in addition to a better understanding of the modern day adversities still facing Afro-Latinos today.
Afro-Latinos are the descendents of the enslaved Africans who were forcibly taken from their land and dispersed throughout Latin America. There are an estimated 200 million Afro-descendants throughout Latin America; yet the majority, have no political or economic power.
More than two years in the making and independently produced and filmed throughout Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations across the Caribbean, Central and South America. This provocative documentary Afro-Latinos: The Untaught Story delves deep into the Afro-Latino experience as no one has ever seen before. Segments cover topics ranging from history, identity, language, religious taboos, beautiful traditions, art and social issues. This documentary gives a voice to these marginalized communities who have been excluded from history books for centuries. Creador Pictures, LLC hopes to unite all of the Americas with the fascinating knowledge they have gained.
The documentary features provocative scenes capturing intimate rituals, such as Santeria and Voodoo. The series offers revealing interviews from AfroLatino celebrities, political figures, scientists, educators and anthropologists. The most moving footage comes straight from the voices of the people—this is a story that directly affects these communities located in the outskirts of Latin America’s bustling metropolitans.
AFROLATINO.TV is the definitive on-line destination for the global Afro-Latino community. Visitors can watch video footage and see photos taken from the producer’s journeys to dozens of countries on their quest to decode the lineage of African blood in Latin America during the documentary filming.
Teachers across the nation have already used this valuable site as a resource to encourage the curious to further investigate the history Afro-Latinos. This site offers comprehensive information and links to philanthropic organizations for each country visited to inform those communities on where to go if they are discriminated against. In addition to moving and entertaining blog testimonials, the film crew shares information about the books, music and artwork they discovered along the way with via digital travel journals.
A free service, AfroLatino.TV users have the ability to:
• ** Afro Latinos Races:** Click on the map of any Latin American / Caribbean country to learn more about the traditions and historical facts for that country.
• Radio: FREE access to their exclusive radio shows containing Afro-Latino music, which includes genres such as Reggae and folkloric African inspired beats from various regions.
• Memories: Check the photo gallery of stunning images taken from each country during filming. In addition to video footage, clips and the official documentary trailer (available in both English and Spanish). Free Screen savers are also available for download.
• How to Help/Como Ayuda: Serves as a source for Afro-Latinos to obtain information on social services in their country.
The Producers thoughts on the project:
"I couldn't stop asking myself: Why did I not learn about this history? Why didn't I know how large this population is? Why are there so many Latinos who deny their African roots, who aren't proud of where they come from?" –Renzo Devia, Creator and Executive Producer.
“We wanted to delve deeper into what it means for us to be Latino. We recognized that we might share a bloodline with Africa and that this idea is hard to accept for some. Our mission is to create awareness and be apart of a dialogue on Afro-Latino issues.” –Alicia Anabel Santos, Co-Producer and Writer.
On this journey the producers discovered that their history is more beautiful than they imagined. The documentary is filled with stories of strength, steel spirits, cultural preservation, faith, hope, love, gratitude, generosity, and kindness. The mission of the producers is to promote equality within Latin America and put an end to discrimination.
Creador Pictures invites you to join them at www.Afrolatinos.tv / www.Creadorpictures.tv to learn more and be the first to have a sneak peak of the documentary Afro Latinos: The Untaught Story, still in production and slated to make its U.S. debut in late 2011.
Creador Pictures is an independent film production company based in Bogota, Colombia founded in 2008 by award-winning TV Producer Renzo Devia. The company’s upcoming venture continues Devia’s tradition of producing groundbreaking English Language Latino-themed content. Upcoming film documentaries include Afro-Latinos: The Untaught Story (2011), Guaqueros: The Underground Story of Tomb Raiders in Colombia (2011) and the launch of their very own Afro-Latino Radio channel and Pod Cast.
Renzo Devia, Founder & Executive Producer
Colombian-American 15-year Television industry veteran and visionary behind Creador Pictures. In 2001 Devia created and launched American Latino Television Networks, (www.AmericanLatino.tv) formally Urban Latino TV, which became the first successful English language, U.S. Latino syndicated program ever, helping pioneer a business model for English language content for young, U.S. born Latinos. Devia and partner Robert Rose continued to create programming such as Sonidos and LatiNation (www.Latination.tv). American Latino Television was sold to LATV in 2008. A graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Devia’s resume boasts working with brands such as, Univision, HBO Latino, MTV and McDonalds. His personal quest is to empower and unite Latinos throughout the Americas by showcasing positive stories that raise awareness on the issues that affect them worldwide. He currently resides in New York City and Bogotá, Colombia while independently filming his newest television project, Afro Latinos: The Untaught Story.
About Alicia Anabel Santos, Co-Producer
Is an accomplished writer born to Dominican parents and is a native New Yorker. She founded the “New York City Latina Writers Group” and is passionate about writing works that empower and inspire women to find their voices. Alicia's extensive writing experience includes hosting, writing scripts for, and serving as co-editor of Latina Source Podcast. She's worked for renowned magazines such as BusinessWeek, Glamour and Domino, but it was an article published in Urban Latino Magazine (www.urbanlatino.com), "Two Cultures Marching to One Drum," that gained the attention of Producer, Renzo Devia. He invited her to partner with him on a project that will change the way the world sees color and race relations in Latin America. Santos continues to empower Latin women with her one women show called “We Were Born” and her novel, Daughters of the Revolution scheduled for 2011.
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