Cuba-Sierra Leone | Diasporic Continuities

We came across the description of a new documentary, They are We, that explores the direct line of continuity between the Gangá-Longobá of central Cuba and a community of Banta-speaking people in Sierra Leone.

The trailer moves between Cuba and Sierra Leone, including footage of the community in Sierra Leone viewing an Afro-Cuban religious ceremony prompting one of the community members to say “they are we.” On the Cuban side, “mi cuerpo está en Cuba, pero mi alma está en África” (my body is in Cuba, but my souls is in Africa): these are the types of continuities, trans-Mediterannean and trans-Atlantic, that we will be exploring through the metaphor of the Sirocco system. Please stay tuned for more!

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