US public TV premieres program on Afro-Latino culture produced in Costa Rica
Two episodes, each lasting 30 minutes, are being broadcast by the 350 stations affiliated with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
The Afro-descendant Costa Rican culture, its dances, gastronomy and its indelible impact on society were highlighted over the weekend on the public television network of the United States of America, which premiered the program “Afro Latino Travels with Kim Hass”, a travel notebook that captures the heart and soul of Afro-Latino culture.
Two episodes, each lasting 30 minutes, are being broadcast by the 350 stations affiliated with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and are part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.
In the material there are interviews filmed in San José and Limón with the dancer Doris Campbell; her sister, singer Sasha Campbell; the former gymnast Tarik Soto and the writer D. Quince Duncan, among others, who refer to the contribution of the Afro-descendant culture and the struggles they have had to fight against racism.
"I wanted to produce a series that presented the impact that the five centuries of African presence in Latin America has had for so long and this two-part special is the beginning of the journey," said Kim Haas, producer and presenter of the space.
The episodes were filmed two years ago by Hass thanks to the support of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and with funding from the Ford Foundation, in charge of sponsoring projects in different areas of the world to promote equality, democracy and education, in the interests of to contribute to eradicating poverty.
“It is important to show the world the contribution of Afro-descendant culture throughout the history of our country. Promoting tourism goes beyond exposing the natural beauties of our nation, it includes multiculturalism and this documentary reflects this in an optimal way, ”said Ireth Rodríguez, Head of Promotion of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
Tarik Soto, a former national gymnast, coach and professional dancer, was interviewed by the show's producer. He invited her to his home to taste the delicious rice and beans made by her mother, the doctor Nury Byfield, and also introduced her to her father, the agronomist Carlos Soto. The scene in the kitchen of the Soto family home. Byfield with Hass savoring the rich Caribbean dish appears in one of the episodes about Costa Rica.
“I am very happy to have been taken into account in such a project, it was an honor and it is valuable that people can see the contribution of the Afro-descendant culture, not only in sports, but in other areas. At first it was hard for me to see that my sporting achievements were going to make a difference, I always recognized myself as a black person, but I didn't think that this would be considered a contribution to the Afro-descendant culture, ”said 26-year-old Soto.
Daniel South, from Cacao South, in San Andrés de Limón, received a visit from the production company and described the experience of being featured in the documentary as “incredible”; He remembered that Hass left enchanted with the brownies he made for him.
"This documentary serves to show that all people are equal, that racism should not exist," said Daniel, an exporter of cocoa beans to countries such as the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark and Spain.