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
"...a vivid demonstration...that...Afro-Peruvian music and culture [are] ... exciting and dynamic...." --Wayne Wallace, 3 times Grammy nominated jazz trombonist)
"...satisfying...good educational tool..."
--Troy Bedford for Anthropology Review
This documentary about Afro-Peruvians focuses on the dance, and on the history of the Afro-Peruvian community. One hour long, it screened in four festivals and was runner-up for the prize of Best Documentary in the San Diego Black Film Festival. It has also been broadcast over individual PBS stations.
"A Zest for Life" stars Lalo Izquierdo, who is one of the three principals of my later documentary, "Masters of Rhythm." Izquierdo's talent, chrisma, and knowledge of the history and culture of his community, shine forth in this film. In "A Zest for Life," Izquierdo is ably complimented by singer-songwriter Jorge Luis Jasso, by bassist Vladimir Vukanovich, by the performing group "de Rompe y Raja," and others.
Filmed in the USA and Peru. In Engish, and Spanish with English subtitles.
A Zest for Life: Afro-Peruvian Rhythms, a Source of Latin Jazz
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.