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In Costa Rica, the Afro-descendant word refers to people born outside of Africa who have ancestors from that continent.
- A.M. Costa Rica wire services illustrative photo -


Published Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Afro-Latino program partially filmed
in Costa Rica to be broadcasted
in the U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Afro-descendant Costa Rican culture, dances, gastronomy and the impact on society were highlighted over the weekend on the public television network in the United States, with the premiere of the series “Afro Latino Travels with Kim Hass.”

In Costa Rica, the Afro-descendant word refers to people born outside of Africa who have ancestors from that continent.

"I wanted to produce a series that presented the impact that the five centuries of the African presence in Latin America have had for so long and this two-part special is the beginning of the journey," producer and host, Kim Haas said.

The short series is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations and is being broadcast on the 350 channels affiliated with the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service, more commonly known as PBS.

Some of the interviews by Haas were filmed in San José and Limón provinces. Featuring interviews with the Costa Rican dancer Doris Campbell, her sister, the singer Sasha Campbell, the former athlete Tarik Soto and the writer Quince Duncan, among others.

The program focuses on the contribution of the Afro-descendant culture and the struggles the people have fought against racism, said the Institute of Tourism in its statement.

The episodes were filmed two years ago by Hass with the support of the Institute of Tourism and the Ford Foundation.

According to the institute, the Ford Foundation sponsors projects in different areas of the world to promote equality, democracy and education, to help eradicate poverty.

"It is important to show the world the contribution of Afro-descendant culture throughout the history of our country," said Ireth Rodríguez, representative of the institute. "Promoting tourism goes beyond showing the natural beauties of our country, it includes multi-culture and this documentary reflects it optimally."

In one of the episodes about Costa Rica, an interview with Soto, former national athlete, coach and professional dancer said, "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."

He added: "At first, it was difficult 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.”

Another episode features an interview with Daniel South, owner of the export company Cacao South. He said, "This documentary serves to show that all people are equal, that racism should not exist."

The promotional video of the series, with some scenes filmed in Costa Rica, can be seen on Hass's website.

This is the second documentary filmed in Costa Rica, presented in the U.S. and filmed by a U.S. company this year.

In July, Netflix company filmed and broadcasted an original documentary-series, “Down to Earth” featuring famous actor Zac Efron and wellness guru Darin Olien. The series hits on a groundbreaking idea that could save the world through sustainability practices.

In episode 3 they visit Costa Rica to try out life at an eco-village committed to a small environmental footprint, visited a wildlife refuge and they enjoyed a zip lining trip, Netflix said.

They visited a Punta Mona family-owned farm and educational retreat center located near Gandoca National Refuge in Limón Province, and the Eco Villa ecological planned community located in San Mateo in Alajuela Province.

"The documentary revolves around Efron and his travels around the world to France, Puerto Rico, London, Iceland, Costa Rica, Peru and Sardinia, and focuses on themes of travel, life experience, nature, green energy and sustainable living practices," the American media-services provider and production company said.

The docu-series trailer can be reached at Netflix YouTube Channel.    “Down to Earth” with Zac Efron is streaming now on Netflix.

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