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Journey into the heart of South America. Connect to a forgotten past and witness a new tomorrow in the making.

ABOUT THE FILM

AFRO URUGUAY: FORWARD TOGETHER is a documentary film, in production, about the little-known history and contemporary experience of afrodescendientes (people of African descent) in Uruguay.

Montevideo, Uruguay 2011
Montevideo, Uruguay 2011
At work in Montevideo city hall
At work in Montevideo city hall

Ten percent of the Uruguayan population is of African descent. And yet, Afro Uruguayans have too often been invisible, their lives marginalized, their stories undertold. We embarked on this project to help change that and to bring greater awareness of Afro Latino cultures throughout the Americas.

Elizabeth Suarez and her niece talk on their rooftop in Montevideo
Elizabeth Suarez and her niece talk on their rooftop in Montevideo

A rich culture and unique musical tradition bring this story of the people, their history and contemporary experience to life. Told by the people themselves, the story unfolds in the modern era, takes us back in time, and explores the interconnections of the black experience throughout the Americas.

Sergio Ortuño teaches a candombe class on the outskirts of Montevideo
Sergio Ortuño teaches a candombe class on the outskirts of Montevideo

Check out our Kickstarter video at the top of this page and a longer clip with additional sample footage on YouTube (available in an English version and a Spanish version):

YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION SUPPORTS INDEPENDENT MEDIA

This is an entirely independent production.  Without the backing of a major studio we have the freedom to pursue the story that needs to be told. Every dollar you donate goes directly to support bringing this important and timely film to the screen to be shared within Uruguay, the United States, throughout the Americas, and beyond.  

Iris Films is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization and your donation to AFRO URUGUAY: FORWARD TOGETHER is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

The funds you give will go towards production equipment (see our wish list here) and the cost of working production in Uruguay for nine months of intensive on the ground research, development and video shooting.

Please join us in bringing an undertold history and hidden culture to the world!

SHARE THIS STORY WITH FRIENDS

There are many ways to support the project. While each dollar matters, equally important is the community of friends and supporters who share the journey of developing this film. We hope that this project and its unfolding story has captured your attention and imagination as it has ours. 

Please take a minute to think about a few friends who might enjoy learning more about afrodescendientes in Uruguay, the tradition of candombe, and the broader history of people of African descent in the Latin America.

Share the links below with friends and bookmark them to stay connected to the project and the issues we will explore in the film:

FOLLOW THE FILM AS IT DEVELOPS

Follow our progress by connecting to our production blog through the QR code above or this direct link to the blog.  We will keep you up to date on the progress of our Kickstarter campaign and, starting when we arrive in Montevideo in mid-December 2012, give you the inside scoop on the making of the film as it develops in real time.

We welcome your comments and feedback in all of these forums. Please feel free to write to us with your thoughts and reflections on what we have already presented, what you want to see in this project and how you think this project might benefit you and your community.  contact@irisfilms.org

 Thank you for your generous support!!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This is an unfolding story. It is entirely unscripted and we will catch the action as it develops while we are on the ground in Uruguay for nine months.

We will be following two Afro Uruguayan cultural leaders, Sergio Ortuño and Elizabeth Suarez. They are both deeply engaged in the world of candombe and are also tireless advocates for the rights of people of African descent.

But, in truth, (and this is one of the most exciting things about documentary) we don't know exactly how long the story we will want to follow will take to unfold. Nor do we have total funding in place right now to follow that story. Our core, committed production team is seasoned in all aspect of production and post production. And regardless of funding, we are working hard to make sure that the film is finished by the end of 2014 - but we cannot guarantee that. We will keep you posted on our progress.

We invite you to follow (and comment on) our progress through our production blog. We will be sharing the nitty gritty of the process - the challenges and the triumphs. Access the AFRO URUGUAY production blog through the link and QR code above, and get a behind-the-scenes look at this unfolding, uncharted drama.

FAQ

  • YES. You can increase your pledge at any time before the December 5 deadline. As a current project backer, you should be able to see a large button on the right side of our page MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE.

    Directions from the kind folks at Kickstarter: Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box. Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded.

    We at AFRO URUGUAY: FORWARD TOGETHER highly encourage such behavior!

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  • The AFRO URUGUAY: FORWARD TOGETHER project is led by director and producer Pamela Harris. Pamela has a masters degree in journalism and has worked for more than a decade in the documentary field. You can learn more about her background at http://www.irisfilms.org/about/ and see more of her film work at http://pamharrisproductions.com/.

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  • Yes. Kickstarter requires Amazon. We encourage our supporters to do what is most comfortable for them. We hope that Amazon is not a deal breaker for you. We need all of our pledges to be made through the Kickstarter system (which requires the use of Amazon) to meet the $15,000 mark in order to win this campaign. With Kickstarter, it's ALL OR NOTHING.

    If you feel strongly that you absolutely cannot give through Amazon, please consider a direct donation to us, which will not be counted as a part of the Kickstarter campaign: http://bit.ly/IrisDonate

    In any case, your contribution is tax-deductible and will be put to good use in service of this project.

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  • YES! Please share information about the film with others and let us know what you want to see in this project!

    Share a link to the project on Facebook: http://bit.ly/AfroU

    Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrisFilms

    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrisDirect

    Share your thoughts on content you want to see included in the film and ways that the film can be of service in your community - perhaps around issues of race, immigration, women's leadership, culture, history of the Americas, and/or art in service of social justice.

    Connect with us and post a comment on our Facebook page, comment on our blog (http://bit.ly/IrisBlog), or write to us directly at contact@irisfilms.org.

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  • We'd be delighted to hear from you. Please e-mail us at contact@irisfilms.org.

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