They are we

Try not to miss this unique and inspiring documentary.

In Perico, Cuba, a local group has preserved the songs and dances that, long ago, were brought aboard a slave ship by their ancestor (known only as ‘Josefa’). In this way, they have kept alive the Afro-Cuban heritage of their community, throughout a long history of slavery, poverty, and repression. Years of painstaking research finally led filmmaker Emma Christopher to a remote village in Sierra Leone. There, people watching a recording of the Cubans’ ceremonies, joyously declared, “They are we!” and started to join in with the songs. Preparations then began, to welcome home their long lost cousins, with the biggest festival in the history of the village.

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