The University of Iowa

‘From Florida to Coahuila’ Screening Dec. 2

November 18th, 2010

The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.

This week’s films is:

From Florida to Coahuila (2002) 50 min. This documentary tells the story of the Mascogos, known in the United States as the Black Seminoles. Descendants of runaway slaves who made common cause with Seminole Indians in Florida, they migrated west in the mid-1800s when US authorities forcibly took their Florida territories, and eventually resettled in northern Mexico. Filmed in Nacimiento, Coahuila, and in Brackettville, Texas, this video documents the complex history of the black and indigenous peoples who lived along national borders, and their current descendants’ efforts to maintain their culture and document their history. Directed by Rafael Rebollar Corona.

Katherine Massoth and Susan Stanfield, Ph.D. students in the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will introduce the films.

For more information, contact Leslie Schwalm at or 319-335-2299.