NEGRITA is a documentary about the Afro-Latina identity and experience in the United States.
Black Latinos/as are often overlooked or dichotomized as either "black" or "hispanic" in the United States. However, according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) , Hispanic or Latino origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States. Hispanic or Latino origin is independent of race and is termed "ethnicity" by the United States Census Bureau.
NEGRITA highlights individual unique Afro-Latina experiences within a broad skin color and ethnic range, while revealing psychological and social factors that add to the confusion, uncertainty, shame and affirmation about one's self-image of being both "Black" and "Latina".
NEGRITA: Racially Black. Ethnically Latina.
WHO WE ARE
MAGDALENA ALBIZU, Writer, Director and Producer
Magdalena began working in production in 2005 on various sets of independent films, such as So In Love, Love Me Through It, The Great Divide, and Willets Point. Her TV projects include: 2006 MTV Music Awards, I am Legend, Memphis on the Big Screen, 50 Cent’s Power and Money and PBS. As a SpikeTV freelancer, she has worked on: All Access Weekly, Madden 2011 Battlefield, Spare Time, Playbook and Weekend Pre-Game. Magdalena is the former President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).
Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Magdalena received her BA in Sociology from the University of Florida and her MA in Social Work from Adelphi University.
INGRID MATIAS, Producer
Ingrid Matias is the former Vice President of the NY chapter of the National Association of Latin Independent Producers (NALIP). Ingrid is currently producing her first feature film, Daniel Maldonado’s H.O.M.E. starring Jeremy Ray Valdez, Angela Lin and Jesus Ochoa as well as her first documentary, Magdalena Albizu’s NEGRITA. A native New Yorker, Ingrid received her B.A. in French & Romance Philology from Columbia University and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Sussex.
What We Need & What You Get
We started developing NEGRITA in 2012 but were forced to halt production temporarily until we raise enough money to cover production costs. Our goal is to capture the experiences of Afro-Latinas in different cities across the USA, such as Chicago, Houston, Miami, and Los Angeles. We've already started shooting in New York but in order to take this show literally on the road we need your help to raise $50,000 in order to cover:
- Equipment rental
- Airfare and accommodation expenses for our crew
- Crew wages
- Crew meals
- Location fees
- Music Licensing fees
We are offering unique perks in return for your donations, such as:
- Exclusive digital download of behind-the-scenes footage
- An official Negrita T-shirt
- An official Negrita tote bag
- A personalized Instagram Thank You video shot on set
- One-on-one meeting with the Director
- Associate Producer credit
- and many more!
The ImpactWe know we can raise $50K with your support and word of mouth! With that money, we'll be ready to bring these important and lesser-known stories to audiences worldwide. Here's a breakdown of what we can do with the funding raised:
$5K complete shoot in NYC and deliver 10-minute version with editor
$10K complete shoot in NYC, travel to Chicago to shoot, and deliver 15-minute version with editor
$15K complete shoot in NY, Chicago, travel to LA to shoot, and deliver 30-minute version with editor
$20K complete shoot in NY, Chicago, LA, travel to Houston to shoot, and deliver 40-minute version with editor
$30K complete shoot in NY, Chicago, LA, Houston, travel to Miami to shoot and deliver 50-minute version with editor
$40K complete shoot and deliver 70-minute version with editor with all graphic design elements and music
$50K complete shoot and deliver final version with sound and color correction, plus marketing and press materials ready to go for festivals.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t contribute financially, there are other ways that you can help:
- Get the word out and make some noise about our campaign. You can find NEGRITA Documentary on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest.
- Remember to use the Indiegogo share tools!
With the help of your generous contributions, NEGRITA aims to establish a 'black' consciousness across all generations by reigniting a movement to embrace Latinos' African roots through a trans-national dialogue on race, identity, ethnicity, nationality and community-building.
Our network of supporters grows daily, attracting friends across the USA and around the world. Hundreds of people have jumped on board. Don't be left behind! Become a part of the bigger picture. Help us give a voice to a community that we are trying to empower to love themselves!