The Silence of the World is a documentary about how African slaves and their descendants have contributed to the current western culture, being one of the pillars of the way American continent is today, though not recognised as such. It brings to the table controversial topics on how the sufferings of millions made up for the most powerful countries today, and it searchs how African culture has passed unseen being in the roots of American culture, and in what ways it has enriched our civilization.
The Silence of the World is a documentary promoted by UNESCO Chair on Afro- Ibero American Studies. Established by the University of Alcala in 1994, this UNESCO Chair was born with the mission of studying, rehabilitating and recognizing Africanía (Black African legacy in the society and culture of Ibero American Nations). As a part of the activities developed by Spanish UNESCO Chair on Afro-Ibero American Studies, Luis Beltrán y Repetto, the founder of the department and former chairman, and Luis Mancha San Esteban chairman since 2013 launched this new project. The aim of this documentary project is to address the urgent need of making visible the Black African influence on the American Continent.
This Project was inspired by The Slave Route Project, promoted by UNESCO in 1994, whose main goal was to break the silence and provide awareness about the causes and consequences of the transatlantic slave trade including modern forms of slavery and racism. In this documentary we want to highlight the African contribution to American culture and today’s way of living: music, dance, religion, character, food, technology, medicine, literature, musical instruments, political ideas…African culture is in America’s DNA. To sum up the American cultural identity cannot be understood without reference to an African legacy even if we usually take this for granted.