Si, Soy Negro: A Documentary Series
Written by: Michael Santiago
Si, Soy Negro is part of a documentary-based series of short films where questions relating to identity are asked to several different participants. It is an intriguing study of racial and cultural identiﬁcation among people of Dominican descent. The plan for the project is a long term study with individuals of Dominican descent ranging from those still living in Dominican Republic to those who live abroad in different areas throughout the United States. The reason why I created this series is to bring a stronger dialogue on the subject of race and identity in the Dominican community and to give individuals who identify as Afro Latin@ a voice and a platform to speak on their experiences. In these videos, there is no narrator. The only voice that you hear are the participants because it is their voice that matters. We live in a world where people love to tells us who we are and never give us chance to make that decision for ourselves. The intention of this work is to never enforce a certain view unto people, but more to give people an opportunity to hear why people identify with what they do.
If anyone is interested in participating in Michael’s project, email him at Msantiagophotos@gmail.com