The Maroon as Metaphor for Resistance in Latin American Film
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March 17, 2014
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To demand freedom from slavery only to use that freedom to commit one's self to a voluntary cultural servitude is to lose the chance to be human.
- Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III from The Maroon Within Us
I. The Maroon as metaphor for resistance in Third World
The struggle of the maroon is indeed a model for all forms of resistance to oppression...
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We see throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the Third World, examples of the maroon legacy. The Tupac Amaru guerilla freedom fighters camped out deep in the mountainous Amazonian forests of Peru are examples of this maroon spirit that permeates revolution. There is little doubt that Fidel Castro and his confidant Ernesto "Che" Guevarra were not steeped in the oral history of the maroon armed struggle in Cuba, Jamaica and elsewhere...
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