Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango, a film that highlights the contributions of varied African cultures in the creation of the dance popularly known as the tango, has been given a limited release in Chicago and New York City through August 27*, 2015.
The film will play at Chicago’s Facets Cinematheque (1517 West Fullerton Ave) and New York City’s MIST Harlem (46 West 116th) before screening in Washington, D.C.’s Goethe Institute (812 Seventh St, NW) as part of the 9th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (August 23 @ 7pm).
Directed by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro, Tango Negro “details the dance’s early cultural significance as a depiction of the social life of captured African slaves and provides an expansive compilation of musical performances and interviews from tango enthusiasts and historians alike,” providing “novel insight into the depth of tango’s sub-Saharan African musical influence, a presence that has crossed oceans and endured the tides of forced bondage.”
Enjoy the trailer below and see the full screening schedule at tangonegrofilm.com.
*Tango Negro’s screenings at Chicago’s Facets Cinémathèque were extended to Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Buy tickets here.