"Black in Latin America", a new four-part series on the influence of African descent on Latin America, is the 11th and latest documentary film from renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., presenter and writer of the acclaimed PBS series "African American Lives" (2006), "Oprahs Roots" (2007), "African American Lives 2" (2008), "Looking for Lincoln" (2009), and "Faces of America" (2010).
In "Black in Latin America", Professor Gates journey discovers, behind a shared legacy of colonialism and slavery, vivid stories and people marked by African roots. He introduces viewers to the faces and voices of the descendants of the Africans in six Latin-American countries, who created these worlds. He shows the similarities and distinctions between these cultures and how the New-World manifestations are rooted in, but distinct from, their African antecedents. A quest he began 12 years ago with "Wonders of the African World" comes full circle in "Black in Latin America", an effort to discover how Africa and Europe combined to create the vibrant cultures of Latin America, with a rich legacy of thoughtful, articulate subjects whose stories are astonishingly moving and irresistibly compelling.
"Black in Latin America" airs Tuesdays, April 19 through May 10, 2011 at 8 p.m.