• Documenta Madrid

    Jury Award, Audience Award, Cinezeta Award
  • Cineteca Madrid

    Audience Award, Young Cinezeta Award
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Spanish with English subtitles

With Ebebe Miranda, Oumoukala Sow, Ken Province, Nadia Ndempaawai Fakir, Hannah Soraya Ndempaawai Fakir, Chumo Mata, Agnes Essonti Luque, Sofía Perdomo

And when he woke up, Black Lives Matter was also Spanish. Photographer Rubén H. Bermúdez, whose 2018 book “Y tú, ¿por qué eres negro?” was a pivotal moment in the visibility of the Afro-descendant community in Spain, now presents the audiovisual evolution of his work.

In this compelling and mature ensemble film, Bermúdez relinquishes the camera to seven individuals of African descent in Spain, empowering them to craft a film that delves into self-representation, grappling with doubts in an intimate, fragmented, and necessarily partial portrait.

The screen becomes a canvas for the diverse and nuanced stories of these individuals—capturing their skins and bodies in private moments, where they speak, listen, and vulnerably expose themselves in a powerful exploration of identity and community.


“A movie that makes you want to live.” – Gonzalo de Pedro, Cineteca Madrid

We All Like Plantain reflects on human gestures in a poetics that demands a more inclusive and open society.” – Elvira Dyangani Ose, ABC

“The film moves across the screen convinced of its enormous power to vindicate precisely another way of looking at the world.” – Luis Martínez, El Mundo

“A film that celebrates life and cinema as a tool for self-expression and empowerment.” – Rosana G. Alonso, SFF Magazine

“A portrait and, at the same time, an intimate, warm and bold self-portrait of the Afro-descendant community in Spain.”Documenta Madrid

About the Director
Rubén H. Bermúdez is a photographer and the author of the book “And You, Why Are You Black?”. His work has been exhibited in spaces including the Reina Sofía National Art Museum and at events such as Rencontres Bamako. He also delivers classes and workshops. In 2021, he released his first feature film We All Like Plantain. He is a co-founder of the AfroConciencia collective.
Notes on Film

“The people who made the film are friends with whom I agreed that they would share their intimacy, with me and with the audience, under the premise of always being in a position of comfort and maintaining a dialogue about what they were recording. With each person it was different, I let them do it and tried to come up with something we liked.

Many Afro people came to visit me. I would ask them what they wanted to see and they would tell me they wanted to laugh. I would ask them what they didn’t want to see and they would tell me they couldn’t handle another narrative of resistance, struggle, or anti-racism. I tried to listen to this and take it all the way.”

– Rubén H. Bermúdez, Director