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IDB to present diversity of African descendants in Central America

A documentary film unveils history and identify of African descendants from the Caribbean Coast in Nicaragua

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will hold a special film presentation “The Black Creoles: Memories and Identities,” at the IDB Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on October 24 in recognition of the International Year for People of African Descent and the Month of Autonomy in Nicaragua.

The documentary film explores the untold history and identify of Afro-Nicaraguans who make up about 10 percent of the population and reside in the southeastern coast, the Mosquito Coast and other regions of the country. The Filmmakers Maria Jose Alvarez and Martha Clarissa Hernandez will present the film with their introductions. A reception will follow at the Embassy of Nicaragua located at 1627 New Hampshire Avenue.

African descendants in Latin America represent approximately one-third of the population and have made a significant contribution to the culture and history of Latin America. Although often overlooked in the past, the role and importance of these communities is rising in part because promoting development for African descendants is a key component to closing economic and social gaps throughout the region.

IDB is a leader, among international financial institutions, to create more awareness and greater knowledge of the development needs and concerns of people of African descendants in the region.

IDB supports programs to promote the participation of African descendant communities in the economic, social, political and cultural lives of their nations.

The event is organized by the IDB Gender and Diversity Unit; Country Department for Central America, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic; and the Office of Executive Directors for Central America along with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Tourism and the Embassy of Nicaragua.

The event is open to the public, for registration and information of the event, visit the Afro-Caribbean Presence in Nicaragua

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