As a child, we traveled a lot and when I was a teenager, we lived in France for a year. Ever since then, I've been interested in other cultures and creating bridges between cultures. My videos are a reflection of these interests, plus I love of music and dance and believe the arts are a wonderful way to communicate our differing values. When I decided to turn to become a filmmaker (after three earlier careers including several years as a history professor), it was natural for me to create work focused on different cultures, and on the arts. After all, learning about others can be a great pleasure, and opens doors to different ways of doing things. I hope my work brings as much pleasure to you as it has to me. Eve A. Ma
This one-hour documentary about the dance, music, culture and history of Afro-Peruvians is a deep dive into a topic first brought to wide attention by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s seminal series "Black in Latin America."
The el Carmen district in southern coastal Peru is known as a center of Afro-Peruvian culture. This short video gives you an idea of what it's like to go there, and what you can expect to find. From the bus trip down from Lima to graphic illustrations of the artistic vibrancy of the community, ...
As we saw in the full documentary, the cajón was used as a means of communication in the days of slavery between the communities of escaped slaves and their brothers and sisters who had not been able to escape. This mirrors the "talking drums" found in many regions of Africa.