Photo: Disney Collaborating with Young Colombians on Latin Superhero Movie
According to Colombian weekly Semana, Disney is teaming up with a group of young Colombians to create a superhero film based on the comic Zambo Dende: The Slave Avenger created by Nicholas Rodriguez.
The film “The Games Maker” will tell the story of Zambo Dende:
Latin America 1577; two different races, both deprived of their very own cultural legacy sharing the merciless scenario, down from Colombia to the south of Brazil, were confined as slaves to do hard jobs on their wait for death.
But every excess has its limit and it came in the form of a child, a child of hope. Azuk the first zambo to be born upon this people. Born with the greatness of African kings inherited from his father and the nobility gained from the blood of the ancient root of her Indian mother whose tragic assassination marked him and turned him into a symbol, a beacon of hope and freedom.
Zambo Dende, The Slave Avenger - is based of real events. Is the hidden energy in which a new race emerges from oppression, his conviction and avenging incitement shall bring back the honor of his ancestors and the desire of freedom from a generation condemned to servitude.
The above was taken from Zambo Dende.
Rodriguez says he came up with the character after he dreamt of “a Colombian hero, a Latin American hero.”
Semana says “The Games Maker” is set for release in April 2014, with Rodriguez saying the film will have “world class talent and stories that come out of Colombia, that can be digested and accepted by the world.”
The word “zambo” or “sambo” was a racial term used in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires to identify those in the Americas who were of mixes African and Amerindian ancestry. During the time of slavery, zambo usually referred to those of families of African slaves and the indigenous people of the Americas.