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August 14–27, 2015

Chicago Theatrical

Tango Negro, The African Roots of Tango

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Film still: Tango Negro, The African Roots of Tango


"Passionate, polemical... commentary by Argentinians today explaining the significance of the tango is where the doc really catches at your heartstrings"
  —Film Journal International

Tango Negro, The African Roots of Tango explores the expression of Tango's Africanness and the contribution of African cultures in the creation of the tango. Tango was a reflection of the social life of the slaves that were taken to South America—including Argentina and Uruguay—mostly from central Africa, particularly from the former Kongo Kingdom. Director Dom Pedro reveals the depth of the footprints of the African music on the tango, through this rich movie combining musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Caceres.

Directed by Dom Pedro, France, 2013, 93 mins. In French and Spanish with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Aug. 14–Thurs., Aug. 20 at 7:30 pm
  • Thurs., Aug. 27 at 7:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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