This king has no court or retinue, no throne or possessions, only a frayed red cloak and a metallic crown that he only uses in local festivities to remember his real African ancestors.
Paola Gosalvez directs the documentary that tells us the unprecedented story of Julio Pinedo, a peasant but at the same time black king descended from an African monarch brought as a slave from the Congo by Spanish colonizers. Surely the only king who lives in absolute poverty, Julio, 73, kind and cermonious, has the hands of a rural worker. His rank is honorary, but he is recognized as a monarch by Afro-descendants living in Bolivia. Long live the Black King!