GURUMBÉ: AFRO-ANDALUSIAN MEMORIES | UK PREMIERE

GURUMBÉ: AFRO-ANDALUSIAN MEMORIES | UK PREMIERE

Tues 1 Nov | 20:30 | Ritzy Brixton     BOOK NOW

Dir. Miguel Ángel Rosales
Spain. 2016. 72 mins. Spanish, Portuguese with English subtitles. N/C 15+

Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. Since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro Andalusians. Commercial exploitation of the American colonies brought hundreds of Africans to Seville to be sold as slaves, forming a population who over time managed to gain space in a society wrought with racial prejudices. Music and dance were a fundamental part of their expression and the most important affirmation of their identity. As the black population began to disappear from Spain in the late 19th century, so too did their contribution to this extraordinary art form. In Gurumbé, their story is finally told.

Followed by a Q&A with director Miguel Ángel Rosales and a Flamenco performance from Yinka Esi Graves.

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Miguel Ángel Rosales is an Andalusian anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. His short films La Maroma (2011) and Atrapados al vuelo (2012) have won several awards around the world, including Cortos for Caracoles (Spain), Bahía Blanca (Argentina), Latinoamerican Festival (Argentina) and Luz en los márgenes (2013). Gurumbé is Miguel’s his first feature film.