After the representation debacle that the CW’s Charmed is turning into, we are glad to know that there is going to be some interesting Afro-Latina representation coming out soon that also has to do with witches.
Siempre Bruja, inspired by the novel Yo, Bruja, is a genre-blending historical drama that follows the story of Carmen, a 19-year-old Afro-Colombian slave and witch who travels through time from the 17th century to the present-day Colombian city of Cartagena in a desperate attempt to rescue her loved one, and discovering once a witch, always a witch.
Though its time-travelling plot has its origins in fantasy, the witchcraft element in Siempre Bruja has deep historical roots. In real life, the city of Cartagena was one of the seats of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, which tortured men and women in the name of rooting out witches, heretics, and blasphemers of the Catholic faith. It is thought that over 800 people were put on trial in Cartagena over the course of the Inquisition, including black slaves accused of witchcraft and enchantment.
The series is set to have 10, 1-hour episodes and is due to drop on Netflix in 2019.
Watch the trailer here