Where is Spanish broken? In answering, most people may blurt out Spain and countries in Latin America. The more mindful may know that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the U.S., after English. Little known, perhaps, is that Spanish is actually an official language of the African nation and former Spanish colony, Equatorial Guinea (Guinea Ecuatorial).
A little trivia can be fun, but what is better to bring it to life than a Netflix movie? ‘Palm Trees in the Snow’ (‘Palmeras en la nieve’) is a movie set in the island of Bioko (formerly Fernando Pó), Equatorial Guinea, around the time of independence.
The film is essentially a romance story, which I enjoyed watching as such, not a political docudrama.
To the culturally sensitive, some words of caution may be warranted. The original novel and screenplay were written and the movie directed by Spanish nationals. Events in the film were seen and interpreted mainly from the eyes of the Spanish.