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14 April 2011

Ford Foundation Screening of “Black in Latin America” with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

On April 11, 2011, the Ford Foundation held a special screening and discussion in collaboration with WNET and PBS of "Black in Latin America." Harvard scholar and series producer Henry Louis Gates Jr. introduced the new four-part documentary on the history of the African presence in Latin America and took questions from the invited audience of filmmakers and academics after the screening. "Black in Latin America" premieres nationally April 12, and airs every Tuesday through May 10.

  • "Black in Latin America" Trailer A brief preview of the new series on PBS, which explores race and identity in Latin America, specifically being "black" in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and Peru. (2:54)
  • Highlights from the Event Highlights from the Event Henry Louis Gates Jr. introduces "Black in Latin America" and talks with Darren Walker, Ford Foundation vice president of Education, Creativity and Free Expression, about making the documentary. (2:29)

Ford Foundation President Luis Ubiñas opened the event, marking our 75th anniversary and emphasizing the foundation's commitment to social justice documentary film—its power to educate, inspire and create change.

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