We're cautiously excited for Netflix's time-traveling Afro-Colombian witch show, Siempre Bruja #Pop Culture#tv Posted Oct 15 2018 Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Image via Netflix Netflix released a trailer for its upcoming drama, Siempre Bruja, which follows the story of Carmen, an Afro-Colombian slave and witch living in the colonial coastal settlement of Cartagena in 1646 who time travels to 2019 to avoid being burned at the stake as a witch. Netflix has had some hits and misses lately with representation, so I'm cautiously optimistic that they'll handle the show featuring a darker skinned Afro-Colombian woman with care. Related Post High-key femininity isn't weakness and here's why Sansa proves it Why is Sansa Stark presumed weak because she is high-key feminine? And what the hell make a female character "strong" anyway? Let's lay out Sansa's... Read more Inspired by the novel Yo, Bruja by Isidora Chacon, Carmen, played by the gorgeous Angely Gaviria, is scorned because women and witches "…tempt, because they seduce, because they think." I'm not sure how much they'll delve into Afro-Colombian culture in the 1600s or in present day Cartagena, but we can hope they treat it with care and nuance. There's been some controversy over the casting in another witch drama, the reboot of Charmed, where there was confusion over which of the cast members was Latina and which were not. Apparently only one is actually Latina. In the case of Siempre Bruja, it's good to see both cast and crew representing the culture being featured. Netflix will air ten one-hour episodes and will be directed by Liliana Bocanegra and Mateo Stivelberg with Ana Maria Parra as head writer. It bodes well that there's good representation behind the scenes as well. This is just one of the lineup of new Latin American shows Netflix is producing including Ingobernable, Club de Cuervos, Edha, Narcos, Samantha!, O Mecanismo, O Matador, and Coisa Mais Linda. Let's check out the trailer and let me know what you think… Related Post Diversity is SO IN: this video perfectly captures why we can't view diversity as a "trend" It's so true that diversity and inclusion are big ol' buzzwords in media lately. Recently, between movies like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, we're seeing teeny tiny snippets of… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Individuation: stumbling toward emotional self-reliance NEXT Dumbledore's Army, still recruiting: How U.S. elections are like the Battle of Hogwarts Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] That looks interesting, but the trailer was all in Spanish. Do you know if it'll be in English on Netflix? Or at least subtitled? It seems like an intriguing series. Reply Netflix has been loading some dubbed Spanish series lately, so I bet they'll be doing that. I hadn't heard about this one, but I will definitely be watching it now! Reply I'm sure we'll get one soon, though I'm not sure when. I mostly had to glean the info from IMDB! 😉 Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.