Jamaica & Tamarindo Film Screening and Q&A with Director Ebony Bailey

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Jamaica & Tamarindo Film Screening and Q&A with Director Ebony Bailey

EPF Media & Stanford Center for Latin American Studies Present:
"JAMAICA & TAMARINDO: AFRO TRADITION IN THE HEART OF MEXICO" (Film Screening and Q&A with Director Ebony Bailey)

Join EPF Media & Stanford Center for Latin American Studies for a virtual film screening of “Jamaica y Tamarindo: Afro Tradition in the Heart of Mexico.” The screening will be followed by a Q&A with film director Ebony Bailey

Film Synopsis: The jamaica flower and tamarind are iconic ingredients in Mexico, but their history comes from a place much further away. In Jamaica and Tamarindo: Afro Tradition in the Heart of Mexico, we meet five people to explore African heritage in Mexico City, an identity that goes beyond the color of one's skin. 

“Jamaica y Tamarindo: Afro Tradition in the Heart of Mexico” illustrates the existence of African heritage in everyday aspects of Mexican culture. The jamaica hibiscus flower and tamarind are two popular ingredients in Mexico, but many in the country are not aware that these two plants have origins in Africa. Jamaica and tamarind become metaphors for the invisibilization of Mexico’s African heritage. In the film we meet Afro-Mexicans from different walks of life who speak about their own identities and experiences. For director Ebony Bailey, someone who grew up drinking agua de jamaica and eating spicy tamarindo candies, this film allowed her to share a bit of her experience through the testimonies of other Afro-Mexicans. She aims for this film to serve as a platform for discussion in the global conversation of diversity and inclusion. Trailer Link: https://vimeo.com/369457885

About the Director: Ebony Bailey is a "Blaxican" filmmaker and photographer from Central California whose work explores cultural intersections and diaspora. Her documentaries have screened at film
festivals and forums in the US, Mexico and Europe. Her photographs have appeared in NPR, LA Times and Remezcla. She has been awarded the Samuel L. Coleman scholarship for emerging filmmakers at the Haitian International Film Festival and was selected for the Tomorrow's Filmmakers Today program by HBO and Hola Mexico Film Festival. She is currently completing her Master's degree in documentary film at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Ebony tells stories through film as a way to represent her communities and to build spaces of empowerment between diverse populations.

EPF Media: EPF Media is a distributor and producer of innovative documentaries from around the world that educate and raise awareness of social issues, cultures and the arts.  EPF Media is committed to releasing films that inspire people and bring positive change to our communities. More information here.

Zoom Registration: https://tinyurl.com/jamaicatamarindo 

Live-stream Link: https://tinyurl.com/EBaileylivestream 

Admission is free and open to the community

*Please note that you will receive the private link to the film ahead of the event so that you may view it before the conversation with the director.