‘Brasil: DNA Africa’

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From Shadow & Act:

“Brazil: DNA Africa” is a series of five hour-long documentaries that traces the African roots of Afro-Brazilians, as well as investigate the important contributions Africans made in the construction of Brazil as we know it today.

From DNA tests done on 150 African descendants of five Brazilian states with the most African descendants (Bahia, Maranhao, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco, and Rio de Janeiro), the project aims to help identify the ethnic origins of these Brazilians.

The series will show how the arrival of millions of Africans over the course of centuries had a strong influence on the arts, religion, cuisine and the formation of Brazilian people.

“Above all, slaves lost their names and their identity. With these DNA tests, they can re-establish the connection,” says Carlos Alberto Jr, the writer and director of “Brazil: DNA Africa.”

Slavery was abolished 127 years ago in Brazil, an institution that gave birth to a black and mixed population that today accounts for more than half of the country’s population. “Brazil: DNA Africa” has opened the door to tracing each identity trail back to its roots. 

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