PAFF 2013 Review: 'La Playa D.C.': An Afro-Colombian Coming of Age Story

From Shadow and Act Mon Feb 11 2013, 11:57:28

There's an interesting scene in Juan Andres Arango's La Playa D.C., where main character Tomas and his older brother El Chaco walk through a ritzy mall, and are accosted by security guards who question their presence. After being thrown out of the mall, El Chaco angrily exclaims that he left Colombia because of incidents like that. Colombia has the third largest black/African population in the western hemisphere, behind North America and Brazil. Like these countries, there's been systematic attempts at erasing the presence of these people and their cultures. A teenage Tomas, played by Luis Carlos Guevara, defies his mother and stepfather's wishes to...

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