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I Once Was Lost
Maize to Linen
Since early 2005 JOMA has been researching and developing a film project that will explore the overlooked and complex mixed heritage of Afro-Mexicans and their unusual migration to the American South. In the spring of 2008 JOMA completed at 7 minute intro/promo DVD for the larger film project. With this film we step outside of the political debates to explore a culture and a people who face barriers in and away of their homeland.
Ultimately, it will be a ½ hour documentary that examnies how the exploration and understanding of culture enables one to experience common bonds. From the Southwest shores of Mexico to the tobacco fields and textile plants of North Carolina, from Maiz to Linen, is their story. This short was featured (Sept. 08 - Jan. 09) in conjunction with the photography exhibition, "The African Presence in Mexico" at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, NC.