Last summer’s film "In the Heights," set in the predominantly Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights, received backlash over its lack of Afro-Latino representation. But what does it mean to be “Afro-Latino,” and how is it relevant in our classrooms and our students? Visual artist Tina Louise Vasquez, dancer Melissa Villodas, and NCLAFF director Dr. Miguel Rojas Sotelo will discuss the answers to these questions in a panel discussion centering around the North Carolina Latin American Film Festival (NCLAFF) theme, Afrovisualidades. Teachers of all grades will leave the session with new insights into the topic, as well as a curated list of resources to use in the classroom.
Participants are encouraged to read the article "Afro-Latino: A deeply rooted identity among U.S. Hispanics" at https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/03/01/afro-latino-a-deeply-rooted-identity-among-u-s-hispanics/ before the session.