Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Diary of Bucaramanga, Last Days of Simon Bolivar: Film Screening and Q&A with Film Director

September 4th, 2013
7:00 pm

Location
Freeman Auditorium
Newcomb Art Gallery

Film screening and Q&A with the director will be followed by a Latin American-themed reception with food and music. This event is free and open to the public.

Diary of Bucaramanga – Last Days of Simon Bolivar focuses on the heightened last two years of Venezuelan revolutionary, Simón Bolívar. The political leader was instrumental in the liberation of Latin America, earning him the title, "El Libertador". According to the director, Carlos Fung, the film "reflects what happened to his dream of continental unity, what happened to the Great Colombia and how that dream disintegrated, by misunderstanding of certain sectors that opposed the political vision of the Liberator.” Diary of Bucaramanga recently won prizes for Best Art Direction and Best First Feature at Venezuela's National Film Festival.

The screening is sponsored by the Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New Orleans and Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

For more information please contact Carol Bidault, Cine Latino/MediaFusion, 202-717-0700 <cbidault@mediafusiondc.com>

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present an exhibition of wrought silver jewelry by Mexican Designer Flora Maria entitled "JEWELS FROM THE EARTH." A presentation and designer talk will be held on November 21st at 6:00 PM.

Description of the exhibition: Jewels From The Earth

"Amber is a fossil resin that aids in self-healing, absorbing and transforming energy.” "Joyas de la Tierra" or "Jewels from the Earth" is the name I've given to the line of jewelry handcrafted by our team of artisans; the culmination of each member's creativity and commitment as we work together, supporting each other's gift for imagining, drawing, designing and making wax models, casting and releasing silver from its molds, shaping and polishing amber and assembling all the parts to create pieces of jewelry that we feel reflect and represent us all. The collection is called "Joyas de la Tierra" because we are passionate about our planet's treasures, from natural ecosystems to varied and ever-changing human cultures. We enjoy seeing that our handcrafted jewelry speaks of love for life in all its forms; evoking or recreating life's most precious moments. "Joyas de la Tierra" is also so-called because the materials we use in crafting our jewelry – amber, natural gemstones and silver – are all indeed treasures from the earth. Our collection's most fundamental element is Chiapas amber, with its colors, warmth and light; the fascination as it merges its spirit to enliven a silver setting. We work as a team and starting from an image or concept, recreate our silver settings, combine them with selected gemstones, and let the amber itself tell us "just where it wants to go". For this reason we replicate models, though in limited quantities, as the sources of amber and various gemstones allow.

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