The music documentary Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango will be released in Chicago and in New York City for a one week run starting on August 14, 2015. In Chicago, Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango will play at Facets Cinematheque (1517 West Fullerton Ave.) and in New York City at MIST Harlem (46 West 116th). The film will also screen in Washington DC at the Goethe Institute (812 Seventh St, NW) in the context of the 9th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival.
Tango Negro explores the expression of Africanness inherent in the dance of the “tango” and the contribution of African cultures to the dance’s creation. Angolan director, Dom Pedro, 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. Tango Negro provides a 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.