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Muntu Child 

Muntu Child, Shammar Watt

Two afro-indigenous Americans embark on a time traveling journey to search for freedom with the help of their egúns (ancestors) and the Orishas (African deities). Inspired by Manuel Zapata Olivella’s epic novel Chango, The Biggest Baddas (Changó, El Gran Putas, 1983), this experimental shot film is part of a multimedia series with the same name. Muntu Child narrates historical episodes of the African diaspora as experiences from past and futures. The film reveals the arrival of the enslaved Africans to the Americas as a historical moment that marked the creation of a new American identity.

 Born from the entrails of the slave ship, the new men and women arrive to be fed by the ancestral Native spirit of the Americas. In a super-heroic search for freedom, the Afro-Indigenous men and women of the Americas struggle to survive systematic violence and imposed borders on stolen land. 

Directed and Produced by Natalie Marx

Performances by Natalie Romero-Marx, Shammar Watt and Luis Carlos Rincón 

Direction of Photography: Natalie Romero-Marc and Leonardo Rúa

Music by Shamar Watt, Anier Alfonso and Natalie Romero-Marx 

Produced during the Truth and Reconciliation Artistic Residency at The Santa Fe Art Institute.  


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