Scene from the film Negra
Scene from the film Negra
Scene from the film Negra
Scene from the film Negra
Scene from the film Negra
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I was about seven years old the first time someone called me “black” on the street. I turned around to see who they were talking to, until I realized it was me. That day I understood I was black, and the laughter it caused among the people nearby made me think being a black person wasn’t that great... Was this only happening to me? Or did it happen to other black women? Negra shows the director in her search of exploring what it means to inhabit Mexico as a black woman. It tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern Mexico, exposing racism, resistance and processes of self-acceptance, strategies for transcending stereotypes, and the celebration of their identity.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Medhin Tewolde Serrano
  • DOP
    Xun Sero
  • Editing
    Nicolas Défossé
  • Sound
    Carlo Massarelli, Martin de Torcy, Carlos Cortés Navarrete
  • Duration
    72 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Mexico
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Ambulante Documentary Film Festival (Mexico, 2020)
    • Monterrey International Film Festival (Mexico, 2020)
    • Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (Canada, 2020)
    • Festival Panorámica (Stockholm, Sweden, 2020)
    • Festival de Cine Mexicano Tamatán (Mexico, 2020)
    • Afro-Latino Festival (New York city, USA, 2020)
    • Cinehassee Tallahasse Iberoamerican Film Festival (Florida, USA,2020)
    • Latinamerika i Fokus (Malmö, Sweden, 2020)
    • Virginia Film Festival (Virginia, USA, 2020)
    • Filmar en América Latina (Switzerland, 2020)
    • Muestra El sueño de Alicia (Honduras, 2020)
    • Toronto Black Film Festival (Canada, 2021)
    • San Diego Latino Film Festival (California, USA, 2021)
    • Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse (France, 2021)
    • Periférica - Mostra de Cinema de Camaragibe (Brazil, 2021)
    • Chicago Latino Film Festival (Midwest, USA, 2021)
    • Atlanta Film Festival (Atlanta, USA, 2021)
  • Awards
    • Lola Award | Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, USA
    • Audience Award for Best Documentary | Chicago Latino Film Festival, USA)
    • Best Mexican Documentary Feature Award | Monterrey International Film Festival, Mexico
    • Best movie Award | International African Film Festival of Argentina
    • Arcoiris Audience & Malvinas Award | Trieste Latin American Film Festival, Italy
    • Best First Time Filmmaker | estival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Madrid, Spain
    • Jury Award for Best Documentary Film | Encuentro Hispanoamericano De Cine Y Video Documental Independiente: Contra El Silencio Todas Las Voces, Mexico
    • Áfrika feature film Prize | Festival de cine Arica Nativa, Chile
    • Silver Level Remi Award in Film & Video Productions in the category Ethnic/Cultural | WorldFest-Houston, USA is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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