Part of the Afro-Cuban Showcase at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.
Spanish with English subtitles.
Director: Sergio Giral
During the era of the Spanish colonial rule, a settlement of escaped slaves (called palenques) located in the Sierra Maestra in eastern Cuba is the site of an epic story about the struggle for unconditional freedom for the black population. Surrounded by an atmosphere of treachery and war, the black leaders will have to decide whether to strive for a partial freedom that promises a halfway peace, or total equality for their people—a fight that could result in the extermination of their communities.
Maluala is the final part of a trilogy of historical films about slavery directed by Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sergio Giral, which include The Other Francisco (1975) and Rancheador (1976).