For release: February 5, 2009
For press information, contact Julia Adames, 931-980-1648
The Hispanic Student Association will present The Forgotten Root, a film by the renowned Mexican director Rafael Rebollar, on Tuesday, February 10,
at 7 p.m. in the University of Memphis Psychology Auditorium. Admission is free and
open to the public.
Rebollar’s work explores the different historical and contemporary perspectives of
Afro-Mexicans within different regions of Mexico. Rebollar will introduce his film
and lead a discussion regarding the mythical construction of a national identity and
the African diaspora.
In discussions of Mexican identity, we frequently hear of the “twin roots” of Mexican
culture – the Spanish and the indigenous Native American roots. Yet there is also
a little-discussed third root, the “forgotten root” of the Africans who were brought
to Mexico as slaves or who escaped from slavery in the U.S. This film illuminates
the legacy of this third root in the regions of Veracruz in the east and the Costa
Chica region of Guerrero and Oaxaca in the west. The film is in Spanish with English
For more information, call Julia Adames at 931-980-1648.