16 August 2017
“We need to write, film, talk, record and tell” because “we need to say what we want by ourselves, nobody can interfere in our speech”. Lucía Mbomio – women, afro-descendent, journalist – has done all those things with her book: “Las que se atrevieron” and her documentary: “Estás en tu casa”. She has presented both of them at the AfricanVillage this evening, with the company of Gorsy Edú, the Guinean author and choreographer. The aim of this session has been to vindicate how narrative about the afro-descendent community has been transformed. “How many books written by not-white women writers have you bought last year? We don’t have our own publisher!” explained Mbomio. She has talked about Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry and the second one in the world, as an example of that transformation.
“Las que se atrevieron” talks about the experience of six Spanish women who during Franco regime got married, or had children with black men, in some cases against the opinion of their families. One of those women is Mbomio’s mother, from Segovia. “I tell her story, the story about a woman who, in the middle of a dictatorship, didn’t care about what would people say. She empowered me, she told me: you are Lucía at home, but outside you are not”.
There’s a lot of humor but also a lot of dialogs in this book” says Mbomio.
Mbomio explains how writing this novel has been useful for her “to reconcile with half of me – referring to her Spanish and Guinean origins-. I have realized that this half belongs to me too”. In some way, she talks about the implication of being “a black woman in Spain, not necessarily Spanish, because I can be what I want to be. I’m all those things depending on the moment, sometimes I am from Segovia”.
Part of the documentary “Estás en tu casa” has been shown at the African Village, filmed by this journalist and with Gorsy Edú as a protagonist. They filmed it in less than two days in San Basilio de Palanque (Colombia), the first people to free themselves in America, which represent de African diaspora in this continent. This 48-minute-long film shows “the two Africas at one side and another of the Atlantic”.