Kaffir Culture (2010)

From the film

From the film Kaffir Culture

Filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam explores the culture of the African descended, self-defined “Kaffirs” of Sri Lanka in this short documentary. The group – who say their community is shrinking – reclaimed the term Kaffir for themselves, although it is historically a racial slur among whites for black people in Southern Africa, as well as in Europe.  Arriving in Sri Lanka some 500 years ago with the Portuguese from East Africa, this minority group’s traditional way of life is said to be endangered in part due to pressure to assimilate, but also due to the commodification of certain aspects of their culture (especially the music) which have become “chic”.

Check out Arunasalam’s short film below:

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