Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Tulane University – New Orleans, LA
April 2009

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University held the Second Biennial Latin American Environmental Media Festival in New Orleans April 2009. This weekend-long festival brought to audiences films, videos, and innovative works in digital media whose subjects call critical attention to major environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. The festival was held on the Tulane University campus and at venues in the city. It screened a curated, non-competitive series of innovative works and new productions submitted as part of a juried competition. A distinguished jury awarded prizes in four categories at the opening of the festival in late March.

2009 Film Winners

  • Best Feature Length Documentary – Grissi Siknis: La enfermedad mágica de la selva/ Grissi Siknis: The magic illness of the jungle
    Enrique Ruiz-Skipey
    Mexico/Nicaragua/Spain, 2008

The jungle madness known as Grissi Siknis is a contagious, naturally bound syndrome that occurs among the Miskito of Eastern Central America and affects mainly young women. Grissi Siknis is typically characterized by long periods of anxiety, nausea, dizziness, irrational anger and fear interlaced with short periods of rapid frenzy in which the victims lose consciousness, and believe that devils beat them, have sexual relations with them, and run away. Traditional Miskito tradition holds that Grissi Siknis is caused by possession by evil spirits or inflicted by a malevolent evil sorcerer. While Western medicine typically has no effect on those affected with the disease, the remedies of Miskito herbalists or healers are often successful in curing the madness.

  • Best of the Fest – Justicia Now!
    Martin O’Brien and Robbie Proctor
    Ecuador, 2007
    Justicia Now! is a documentary about Chevron Texaco’s toxic legacy in the Northern Ecuadorian region of the Amazon rainforest – and a courageous group of people called Los Afectados (The Affected Ones) who are seeking justice for the ensuing cancer, sickness and death in the largest environmental class action lawsuit in history. Get more information here.

For more information, please contact Denise Wolterning at dwolteri@tulane.edu or 504-862-3143.

This event is sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

Spring 2004

LARC did not offer any film series for that semester, but instead offered several workshops.

Fall 2003

Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Latin America September 20, 2003, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

* This film series presented documentaries from the Lending Library that focused on issues of environmental justice and as they relate to human rights. It also looked at ways that globalization has effected the environment in Latin America and what repercussions it has had on indigenous groups.

Dia de los Muertos Saturday, October 11, 2003, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

* This professional development opportunity presented slides and films that showed Dia de los Muertos events throughout Mexico and feature materials available through the Lending Library. Participants of this workshop also were treated to an art lesson that taught teachers how to build Dia de los Muertos artifacts in their classroom.

Latin American Studies Film Series October 16, 7:00 PM and November 20, 7:00 PM
LARC sponsored two films as part of the Latin American Studies Film Series.

* Hidden in Plain Sight Directed by John Smihula. (U.S., 2002) Afetr the showing, there was a Q & A with the director himself. * The Harder They Come. (Jamaica, 1973)

Spring 2003

State Sponsored Violence and Civil Unrest in Latin American History-
The Shining Path Guerrilla Movement of Peru
Saturday, March 22, 2003, 9am-12pm
Latin America is recognized for its geographic diversity and cultural vibrancy. The region is also characterized by its repressive political regimes, human rights abuses, bloody civil wars, and violent revolutions. How can teachers address such histories without perpetuating stereotypes and simplifying the issues? How should educators approach these violent histories in the classroom? This series will screen the Peruvian film, La Boca del Lobo, and utilize Peru’s Shining Path as a case study for discussing these sorts of issues. Tulane PhD candidate Cynthia Garza will give a pre-screening introduction on the Shining Path and facilitate a discussion after the film. Curriculum materials will be provided.

Films:
La Boca del Lobo
Zapatistas: The Next Phase
Remarkable Images

Art, Identity, and the Mexican Revolution
Saturday, April 19, 2003, 9am-12pm
Art and the Mexican Revolution are an inseparable pair whose combination changed the face of the country. This workshop will present materials on the Revolution and the art that developed as a result. By studying artists like Diego Rivera, José David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Guadalupe Posada, and others, students will gain an understanding of how the art of a nation embodies the spirit of its people and can often create a momentum that changes the entire political structure. Films and slides from the Lending Library will be previewed. Dr. Robert Irwin will lead an opening discussion on art and identity. Curriculum materials will also be available.

Films:
Mexican Murals: A Revolution on the Walls
Diego Rivera: Art and Revolution
Jose Guadeloupe Posada
Siquieros

LARC Film Series Presents Film Maker Greg Berger
Friday, April 4, 2003, 7pm
Freeman Auditorium, Tulane University
This film presentation is free and open to the public.
Greg Berger will present his two latest films Atenco: Machete Rebellion and ¡Tierra sí, aviones No! Berger and fellow crew members are on a national speaking tour to raise awareness of the plight of Atenco’s farmers, who stand to lose 95% of their farmland if a new airport is built. Claiming to be the first non-violent struggle of the 21st century, the Machete Rebellion has so far stopped the governments plans to expropriate the land from the farmers of Atenco.

Fall 2002

LARC did not offer a film series this semester. However, we did make available the LAS Film Series Schedule to all educators interested in learning about new films in the LARC Lending Library.

Spring 2002

Mesoamerican Folkstory and Myth Tuesday, March 5, 4:00pm-7:30pm and Saturday, March 9, 9:00am-12:30pm

* The Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya. Directed by University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning (1986). 60 min. * The Five Suns: A Sacred History of Mexico. Directed by University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning (1986). 60 min. * Chac: The Rain God. Directed by Rolando Klein (1970/2001). 95 min.

Life on the Street Tuesday, April 9, 4:00pm-7:00pm and
Saturday, April 13, 9:00am-12:00pm

* Los ninos abandonados: Colombia. Directed by Danny Lyons (1975). 63 min. * Wilbert: Street Kid in Nicaragua. Directed and Produced by Bent Erik Kroyer (1995). 16 min. * Slave Ship: Favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Produced by Latin American Video Archives (1994). 28 min. * Venezuela: Children of the Street. Produced by Films for the Humanities and Sciences (1990). 26 min. * Guest speakers on current conditions in Brazilian favelas and in the streets of Nicaragua

Caribbean Roots: Indigenous Survivors Tuesday, May 7, 4:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday, May 11, 9:00am-12:00pm

* Portrait of the Caribbean Part E: Worlds Apart. Produced by Ambrose Video (1992). 60 min. * Garifuna Journey. Leland Berger Productions (1999). 47 min. * Caribbean Eye: Indigenous Survivors. Banyan Limited (1992). 30 min. * Quest of the Carib Canoe. Think Tank/BBC Television. (2000). 50 min.

Summer 2001

This series explored the reality of religion, music, art and war. It began to understand the complexity of women and children, the African and the indigenous. Please contact us with feedback on these and other films.

Schedule

Caribbean Music and Dance Monday, June 18, 1:00-4:00pm

* Routes of Rhythm: From Spain and Africa. The Cinema Guild (1997). * Every Day Art. LAVA (1994). * Chutney in Yuh Soca. Filmmakers Library (1995). * Rhythms of Haiti. Organization of American States (ca. 1980). * More resources on Caribbean Music and Dance

Women in Latin America Thursday, June 21, 1:00-4:00pm

* Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo. Produced by Susana Munoz & Lourdes Portillo (ca. 1985). * Home is Struggle. Women Make Movies (1991). * Women of Latin America: Cuba and Guatemala. Directed by Carmen Sarmiento Garcia (1995). * In Women’s Hands: The Changing Roles of Women. Annenburg CPB Collection (1993). * More resources on Women in Latin America

The Reality of War Monday, June 25, 1:00-4:00pm

* Father Roy: Inside the School of Assassins. Richter Productions (1997). * If the Mango Tree Could Speak: Children and War in Latin America. New Day Films (1993). * Lines of Blood. Directed by Brian Moser and Julia Ware (1991). * Women of Latin America: Guatemala. Directed by Carmen Sarmiento Garcia (1995). * More resources on War in Latin America

Tradition and Revolution Through Art Thursday, June 28, 1:00-4:00pm

* Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya. University of California Extension (1986). * Mexican Murals: A Revolution on the Walls. Ohio University (1977). * The Art of Haiti. Facets Video (1983). * Daughters of Ixchel: Maya Thread of Change. University of California Extension (1993). * More resources on Art in Latin America

Children Without a Childhood Monday, July 9, 1:00-4:00pm

* Zoned for Slavery: The Child Behind the Label. Crowing Rooster Arts (1996). * Mexico: Back Door to the Promised Land. Films for the Humanities and Sciences (2000). * Sweating for a T-Shirt. Global Exchange (2000). * More resources on Children in Latin America

The African Diaspora Thursday, July 12, 1:00-4:00pm

* Axe. LAVA (1988). * Garifuna Journey. Leland Berger Productions (1999). * Palenque Un Canto. Casimba Films (1992). * Black Atlantic: On the Orixas Route. Filmmakers Library (1999). * More resources on Afro-Latin America

Indigenous Latin America Monday, July 16, 1:00-4:00pm

* Amazon Journal. Directed by Geoffrey O’Connor (1996). * Women of Latin America: Ecuador. Directed by Carmen Sarmiento Garcia (1995). * Rigoberta Menchu: Broken Silence. Films for the Humanities (1993). * More resources on Indigenous Latin America

The Diversity of Faith Thursday, July 19, 1:00-4:00pm

* Televangelism in Brazil. Films for the Humanities and Sciences (1999). * Havana Nagila: The Jews in Cuba. Schnitzki & Stone Video (1995). * In Search of History: Voodoo Secrets. A&E Television Networks (1996). * More resources on Religion in Latin America

Fall 2001

This series presented voices from children, leaders of social movements, victims of torture, and players in Latin America’s increasingly globalized and always political economy. Please contact us with feedback on these and other films.

Schedule

Children Speak Saturday, September 29, 9:00am-12:00pm and Tuesday, October 2, 4:00-7:00pm

* Medellin Notebooks. Directed by Catalina Villar (1998). * Children Without a Childhood: Mexico, Back Door to the Promised Land. Films for the Humanities and Sciences (2000). * If the Mango Tree Could Speak: A Documentary About Children and War in Central America. Directed by Patricia Goudvis (1993). * More resources on Children in Latin America.

Torture, Rights and Revolution Tuesday, October 23, 4:00-7:00pm and Saturday, October 27, 9:00am-12:00pm **Please be advised, these films portray real life violence that may not be suitable for all audiences.

* Brazil: Report on Torture. Directed by Saul Landau and Haskell Wexler (1971). * Human Rights in Haiti. Produced by Isabelle Abric for United Nations/OAS (2000). * Speaking Out: Displaced Colombians Silent No More. U.S. Committee for Refugees (2000). * Remarkable Images: The Ecuadorean Indigenous-Military Uprising. Directed by Brian Selmeski (2000). * More resources on Violence and Social Movements in Latin America.

Changing Markets, International Connections Saturday, November 10, 9:00am-12:00pm and Tuesday, November 13, 4:00-7:00pm

* Rainforests: Proving Their Worth. Produced by Interlock Media Associates (1990). * La Esquina Caliente: The Hot Corner: US-Cuba Baseball. Directed by William O’Neill and Michael Skolnik (2000). * Daughters of Ixchel: Maya Thread of Change. University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning (1993). * Street Vendors: The Informal Majority. Films for the Humanities and Sciences (1996). * More resources on Markets in Latin America.

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The Latin American Library's Annual Open House

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The Latin American Library will be hosting its annual open house event on Friday, September 21. This annual event will welcome back faculty, students, staff, and friends from the New Orleans community. The event will include a talk by Colombian visual artist Erika Diettes, an exhibit of recent acquisitions, a book sale, and as always much more!

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Madeline White via email (mwhite7@tulane.edu) or by phone at (504) 865-5681.

MARI Brown Bag Series to host PhD candidate Evan Parker for talk on jade offerings in Maya plaza

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The Middle American Research Institute is happy to announce the first talk of the 2018-2019 Brown Bag talk series. Evan Parker, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, will present his research in a talk titled The Tzimin Jades of Paso del Macho: Description and Analysis of a Middle Preclassic Maya Plaza Offering.

MARI’s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Jessica Melancon (jmelanc1@tulane.edu) for more information.

For the current speaker list of this talk series, visit the MARI Brown Bag website.

Film Screening: El Súper with filmmaker Iván Acosta

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The 1979 film version of Cuban filmmaker Ivan Acosta’s award-winning play El Súper, which gained critical and international success for its depiction of exiled Cubans in New York City, will be screened. Mr. Acosta will be in attendance and a discussion in English will follow. Iván Acosta is a playwright, filmmaker, and creative director originally from Santiago de Cuba, now in New York City. His creative endeavors include documentaries, plays, films, and books, and he’s served as writer, director, and producer, among other roles.

A small reception will follow the screening. Seating may be limited. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/29/archives/the-screen-el-super-a-cubanamerican-tale-the-cast.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Equity speaker series to host panel on navigating immigrant relations in the current political climate

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The Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University is proud to present Border Li(n)es: Excluding, Extracting, and Expelling Immigrants in the Southern U.S. on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM as part of the Equity Speaker Series.

Following a summer of turbulent immigration relations in the United States, the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Panel will focus on immigration on our Southern border and will feature specialists whose experiences vary from grassroots to professorial work. Panelists will include Josiah Heyman, Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, Ronald Martinez, New Orleans immigrant activist and spokesperson for the Congress of Day Laborers, Hiroko Kusuda, Clinical Professor and Director of Immigration Law at the Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola, and Laila Hlass, Clinical Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

These four distinguished speakers will share the stage of Freeman Auditorium to discuss the drastic variation in immigrant relations across the national, regional, and local spaces and ways that members of American society may become engaged in or change the now toxic and polarized political climate. This inaugural discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

See also Tulane New Wave for more information and a description of the event.




Cover photo from CNN story What the US-Mexico border looks like before Trump’s wall.

Mexican Cultural Institute's new exhibition features Hispanic women artists' empowerment and identity

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans in collaboration with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the groundbreaking exhibition Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment and Identity. The exhibition will feature artists Verónica Bapé, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Ana Hernandez, Josephine Sacabo, Laura Velez and Luba Zygarewicz and is curated by Marcela Correa, MFA.

The opening reception will be held on September 26 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The exhibition will be open beginning September 26 and continue through November 24, 2018. For more information, please visit the Mexican Cultural Institute website.

Cover photo is a work by Verónica Bapé from the series ABUNDANTE COSA 1 MES 1 ARTISTA.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.


Iván Acosta book presentation: With A Cuban Song in the Heart / Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón

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Iván Acosta will present his memoir, With a Cuban Song in the Heart/ Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón, published by Un-Gyve Press, 2017. At this event, Mr. Acosta will incorporate his favorite Cuban songs in a musical and historical journey. His book features artwork from 280 album covers in his private collection and weaves a rich narrative combining real life experiences from his childhood in Santiago, Cuba along with tidbits of local lore and historical references. His favorite songs will be performed by local performers during the presentation.
This fascinating presentation, starting at 6:00PM, will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Newcomb Art Building (in Newcomb Circle) New Orleans, LA, 70118. A book signing and reception will follow on Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium and in the Newcomb Art Museum. The book will be available for purchase for $60.00.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/16/nyregion/public-lives-cuba-on-his-mind-the-dual-life-of-an-artist-exile.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.