Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

The Afro-Latino Fest celebrates Afro-Latin culture with talks, movies and concerts at venues in Harlem, Lower East Side, and East Williamsburg, Brooklyn Friday – Sunday, July 13 – 15, 2018. $18 – $105

Afro-Latino Fest 2018

If you grew up in New York City or Miami, you know that Latin is Black. If you grew up in other parts of our country, you might not realize that.

But whether we live our lives as white or black, most of our popular culture is African. That is not only true for Latin pop culture, it is true for American pop culture too.

This year’s theme is AfroLatinX: Identity and Beyond.

AfroLatinX: Identity and Beyond

Afro-Latino Fest 2018 Day 1
AfroLatin Talks

  • Talk 1Race, Ethnicity and Criminal Justice Reform
  • Talk 2: The Census in the Americas: Identity and Resources
  • Awards Luncheon & Keynote Speaker
  • Talk 3: The Intersection of Social: Media, Enterprises & Movements
  • Talk 4: Live Interview with Ingrid Silva hosted by Marjua Estevez, Latin Content & Culture Editor, Tidal

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
(between 135th & 136th St)
Harlem, Manhattan

Friday, July 13, 2018

10 am – 5 pm

Afro-Latino Fest 2018 Day 2
Liberación Film & Wine Festival

The festival includes feature, documentary and short films from over ten countries.

Abrons Center for the Arts

466 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
(at Pit St)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Saturday, July 14, 2018

12 – 8 pm
From $12

Tap + Cork Tasting $50

Feature Films

Manos Sucios

Manos Sucias (Colombia, 2015) by Jose Kubota Wladyka. In Spanish with English subtitles. Watching the trailer, I couldn’t help but think that all of our hands are dirty.


Angélica (Puerto Rico, 2016) by Marisol Gómez Mouakad. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Documentary Films

Panamá Al Brown: When the Fist Opens

Panamá Al Brown: When the Fist Opens (Panama, 2018) by Carlos Aguilar Navarro. In Spanish with English subtitles.


Dreamtown (Ecuador, 2016) by Betty Bastidas. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Short Films

The short film programs are followed by Q&A with directors and filmmakers.

Program 1: Social Movements

  • Trenzas: La politica de la Aestetica / Braids: The Politics of Aesthetics (2018)
  • Negro: A Docu-series on Latino Identity (2012)
  • A FIRST LOOK: Awakened/Despertado (Colombian, 2019) by Juan Mejia Botero and Marco Williams

Program 2: Brazilian Films

Talkback with Umbanda Activist Mae Heloísa Helena Costa Berto

  • Nosso Sagrado/The Sacred in us (2018)
  • Pele Suja Minha Carne Dirty Skin (2016)

Program 3: Displacement & Resilience

  • Jimmy Jean Louis Goes to Tijuana (2017)
  • Defend PR: AfroBoricua Stories (2018)
  • Drums of Resistance: La Boquilla, Colombia (2018)

Program 4: Cultural Heritage & Identity

  • Ori Inu: In Search of Self (2016)
  • Dance With Your Heart (Cuba, 2014) Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi


  • DJ Moniki (Brazil)
  • DJ King Kong MX (Mexico)
  • DJ Chong (Dominican Republic)

Afro-Latino Fest 2018 Day 3
Concert + Street Fair

The Street Fair features local food, arts & crafts, full bar and more.

The concert lineup is:

  • Amara La Negra (Dominican Republic) – highly recommended
  • Tribu de Abrante (Puerto Rico)
  • Profetas (Colombia)
  • Latasha Alcindor (Puerto Rico/Haiti)
  • DJ Nina Azucar (Puerto Rico/Haiti)
  • Yasser Tejeda y Palotré (Dominican Republic)
  • People of Earth (New York)
  • Grupo Palma Chonta (Colombia)

The Well

272 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
(between Bushwick and Waterbury St)
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Sunday, July 15, 2018

2 pm – 10 pm

Afro-Latino Fest 2018 Tickets

Day 1 Talks $18

Day 2 Film Festival: From $12 Get tickets

Day 3 Concert: From $36

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