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Black in Latin America

Henry Louis Gates Jr.  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NJC0NY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a style similar to "Wonders of the African World", Skip Gates will travel to places in Latin America where Africa has touched the continent with lasting cultural results to explore what happens when African and Hispanic worlds meet.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black in Latin America June 18, 2011
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I have recently purchased this DVD. Dr. Gates is phenomenal. I have previously purchased Dr. Gates' other DVDs: African American Lives, Part I and II and Faces of America. His programs are extremely informative and educational. Dr. Gates proves that America is truly a multiracial and multiethnic nation. There is no such thing as a pure American racially or ethnically. Many so-called pure Americans are very surprised to find a distant ancestor of a different race and/or ethnic group somewhere down the line.

His latest program is extraordinary. Blacks in Latin America have an ambiguous status. The average Latin America is either biracial or triracial with European, Native, and African ancestry. He/she is quick to acknowledge his/her European and Native ancestry but is extremely loathe to mention his/her African ancestry. This program is a complete eyeopener! I recommend Black in Latin America for everyone regardless of race and ethnicity.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we know the rest of the story! August 21, 2011
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The late Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, stated in his book titled, "They came before Columbus" that Africans had a vast influence in Latin America. Now we have this excellant documentry to view. Great work Dr. Gates
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and Needed September 17, 2011
By Fayola
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I viewed the series Black in Latin America on PBS and I recognized that it was something I needed to own to further enlighten myself as well as my family. It is educational for every American living in our great melting pot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Black In Latin America October 28, 2011
I really enjoyed viewing this documentary Dr. Gates did of Black in Latin America. I found it very educational and very enlighting. The thing to remember here is that there are millions of people who are the decendants of Africans who were stolen to become slaves in another part of the world. We are part of the African Disporia, we're are in Europe, Latin America, the U.S., the Carribean and many other parts of the world. Even though today we are of different cultures and experiences, we share that one thing that we are the decendants of those Africans stolen a long time ago, we are the African Disporia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latin America has race problems too August 12, 2012
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I have been studying African race relations for some time now and found this DVD by professor Gates to be a very good addition to my collection. Any educational documentary that is informative with good commentary goes a long way in helping me understand the various cultures around the world. It is interesting to note that countries in Latin America don't consider themselves as Africans, but more of European descent. It was interesting to see that there is wide spread race problems existing in these countries with a heavy African population. Educational and those interested in African culture should add this DVD to their collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Teaching Tool April 11, 2012
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I use this video in my Introduction to Sociology class to stimulate conversation about the issues that race, color and ethnicity have in our world. Henry Louis Gates Jr. has produced a thought provoking study in this area which is sure to get the class talking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Enrichment March 25, 2012
By Jude
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Henry L. Gates Jr. certainly is an authority in the search of the African influence in America & now also in the Caribbean. Majoring myself & still doing research in this same topic but concentrating in Borikén (known as Puerto Rico) and the Caribbean, this documentary has been immensely valuable. Very little recognition is always being given to some of the Caribbean islands, especially those of spanish invasion as being more European, and devaluing and/or denying the Aboriginal and African influences. Beautiful work Mr. Gates and looking forward to future gems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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When I was young I read many books about Haiti, which was the only country that won its independence via a slave revolt.In the 1960s I joined the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. I was able to visit Haiti while there and was impressed by the pride of the people despite their poverty.
I did not get to Cuba, but we had a short wave radio which carried the long speeches of Fidel Castro accusing the US of imperialism. The first blu-ray in the set narrated by Henry Louis Gates,Jr. also includes Cuba.
The second blu-ray covers Brazil, Mexico and Peru. I have not been to Brazil, but I have been to Mexico many times and Peru once.
I have ordered a number of DVDs by Harvard professor Gates and all of them are outstanding. I recommend this set.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Lot of good information on black history. Professor Gates i applaud you for your research. This is a keeper !
Published 10 days ago by phantommaster
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 Million Slave Lost
The population of Africans in the British Colonies were close to 500,000 and the Portuguese and Spanish colonies close to 13 Million, the question what happen, many of them, death... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Meir
5.0 out of 5 stars Problem-Free Delivery
The DVD arrived in excellent shape and within the delivery date. My expectations are it should work just fine. Have yet to open it. Read more
Published 13 days ago by GG
5.0 out of 5 stars Black in Latin America review
I think this is a 5 star documentary. It helped quite a bit when I needed to do programs for Black History Month.
Published 29 days ago by Efrain Colon
5.0 out of 5 stars how spain was in on the slave trade.
Informs about slavery of africans in south america, a subject that is not talked about
In school. We are only informed about the american slave trade. Read more
Published 1 month ago by miles moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time in excellent condition!
I remember watching this series on PBS. My nieces and nephews were interested in the Afro experience in Latin America and I thought this would be a good gift. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dominque
5.0 out of 5 stars A long time Cuban-American educator rates Black in Latin America.
Excellent classroom tool. I use it in a course titled "Caribbean Culture" as an introductory overview of the region. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Blacks in Latin America
What a great dvd to have, if you're doing research on the Black Race, as I am. Since this is my heritage I found it "necessary reading". Please pick up any dvd that Dr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ernest Vic Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
I love this and use for African American studies classes and sociology at the high school level. Suitable for all who are interested in ethnography and Latin studies.
Published 2 months ago by Tennis4life
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned new African American ancestry
I enjoyed this series and it took me two nights to watch this because I did not finish watching it at one time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. PARKER
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