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"Bantú Mama" film by Iván Herrera. A different kind of re-encounter between Africa and the Caribbean

A French woman of African descent manages to escape after being arrested in the Dominican Republic. She finds shelter in the most dangerous district of Santo Domingo, where she is taken in by a group of children. By becoming their protégée and maternal figure, she will see her destiny change inexorably.

The film has had a successful festival journey, passing through festivals such as SXSW 2021, BFI London Film Festival 2021, Trinidad & Tobago film festival, Festival de Huelva cine Iberoamericano, among others. The film was ultimately purchase by Array Now and is currently being streamed to the US, Canada and UK public.

Karla Read collaborated as a production designer for the film: “A story in which we can see ourselves as Afro-descendants. The colors and resources used were something almost instinctive and fun to work with because in a way they are part of our language” says Karla.

“It is very pleasant when someone sees in you the ability to contribute in different ways than usual. Bantu mama was a beautiful project that allowed me to focus my gaze on another space in the image.”


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