Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Media Packets

The following media packets have been developed by the LARC to remedy the lack of commercially-available resources in specific subject-matter area. Each packet contains a teacher’s guide, suggested readings, and classroom activities as well as the specified number of images or audio files.

All media packets are now freely available for download. LARC will still sell slide packets if you desire.

ARGENTINA

  • Contemporary artists: Images of works by ten internationally known contemporary artists. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pre-Columbian Art: Ceramics from Precolumbian peoples in Argentina. Ceramics pictured here are from the Condorhuasi Culture in the Catamarca region. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Teatro Colon: The Teatro Colon, of Colon Theater was commissioned by the National Congress of Argentina in 1887 and completed by 1908. The building was built in the French Renaissance style. 10 images. Image descriptions.

BARBADOS

BOLIVIA

  • Agriculture: Images of agriculture in Bolivia, particularly showing terracing which helps grow cops on slopes. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • The Christian Base Communities of La Paz, Bolivia: Poor people in Latin America are creating a new kind of socio-religious system called a Christian Base Community, or CEB. Members of the CEB group together to discuss the relationship of Christian teachings to their social reality. The packet emphasizes the situations the poor face and the ways in which CEB try to meet these challenges. 30 images.
  • Cities in the Altiplano: Images of cities in the highland areas of Bolivia and Peru. 40 images. Image descriptions.
  • Life around Lake Titicaca: Images of the altiplano region of Bolivia and Peru showing what life is like. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • People from the Altiplano: Images of people living in the Altiplano, or high plain, of Bolivia. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Rubber in the Amazon Basin: Rubber is an item from which clothing, household goods, medical and industrial supplies, and other items are produced. These images show examples of rubber plantations in the Bolivian Amazon. 10 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Tiwanaku: Images of the important Middle Horizon site of Tiwanaku, Bolivia. 10 images. Image descriptions.

BRAZIL

  • Brasilia, Modern Architecture: Brasilia was built and planned to be the capital of Brazil. The city was laid out and built to accommodate up to half a million people. The images in this packet show some of the modern architecture from the city. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Brazilian Amazon: Images of the Amazon and people living in the Amazon in Brazil. 12 images. Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Artists: Works by ten internationally known contemporary Brazilian artists. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Favelas of Rio de Janeiro: Favelas, or squatters settlements, are a housing alternative for the poor of Brazil. This packet emphasizes who the inhabitants are, misconceptions concerning the residents, their jobs, favela construction, and the social support networks within the settlements. 28 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Brazilian Baroque: Religious Objects of the 17th and 18th Centuries: Baroque art is well known in Europe but not as well known in its Latin American manifestations. These images show Baroque religious art from Brazil. 30 images. In three parts. Part I Part II Part III
  • Japanese-Brazilian Painters: The Japanese popultation of Brazil is second only to that of Japan itself. This group of Japanese-Brazilian artistis is known as SEIBI and had their first exhibition in 1938. This packet shows the works of various artists. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • O Aleijadinho: Images of sculptures by this famous Brazilian artist from the Colonial Period. Focuses on his religious art, particularly sculptures of Prophets. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Rubber and Sugar: Images of agriculture in Brazil with a focus on the large farms of sugar and rubber. 10 Images. Image descriptions.

CHILE

  • Roberto “Matta” Echaurreu: Roberto Matta Echaurreu was born in Santiago, Chile in 1912. He is a well known artist who was part of the Surrealist movement and the development of American abstract expressionism. These images include some of his surrealist paintings. 10 images. Image descriptions.

COLOMBIA

  • Barichara: This small Colombian village is characterized by Spanish Mediterranean style architecture. Images show the city’s architectural charm. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Cartagena, A Historic Fortress City: A series of images of the historic port city of Cartagena. Images show the city and surrounding fort area. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colombia: Colonial Paintings: A mixture of colonial art from Colombia from both the Santa Fe School and other areas around Colombia. 20 images Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Artists: Works by 10 internationally known, contemporary, Colombian artists. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Flowers of Colombia: Images of some of the wide variety of flowers and plants which grow in Colombia. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Popayán, Colombia: These images of Popayán show typical Spanish Colonial architecture in Colombia. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pre-Columbian Art: Images of ceramics and figures created by the Chibcha, or Muisca, culture, the Tumaco culture, and the Quimbaya culture. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • San Agustin: Pre-Columbian sculptures from the site of San Agustin. Little is known about the San Agustin culture but the site features earthen mounds, large temples, tombs, and large sculptures. These images feature some of the site’s sculptures. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • The Ticunas, Native Artists of the Amazon: These images are of the Ticunas, an indigenous group of peoples who live in small communities along the Amazon River and live from fishing and agriculture. The images include examples of daily life among the Ticunas and their indigenous crafts. 10 images. Image descriptions.

COSTA RICA

  • Huetar Culture: The Huetar culture is a Pre-Columbian culture found in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. This slide packet contains images of items produced by the Huetar culture, focusing mostly on large objects made of limestone. 10 images. Image descriptions.

CUBA

  • Art of Amelia Pelaez: Amelia Pelaez was one of Cuba’s most beloved painters and one of the most important woman artists of Latin America. An early member of the modern movement, Pelaez brought together the new lessons of Cubism and the traditions of the past in her powerful work. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Cuban Paintings: Images of works by 24 different Cuban artists. 24 images. Image descriptions.
  • Life in Contemporary Cuba (1990): In 1959, Fidel Castro and his fellow revolutionaries triumphantly paraded through downtown Havana, thereby dramatically changing the Latin American political climate. This image packet discusses Cuban history and contemporary life under the revolutionary government. 32 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Wilredo Lam, Artist from Cuba: Wilredo Lam is a Cuban artist of mixed African, Indian, and European origin. He was greatly influenced by the Surrealist movement and visits to Europe, including during the Spanish Civil War. 20 images. Image descriptions.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Contemporary Artists: Images from ten contemporary artists from the Dominican Republic. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Museo de las casas reales: Description of the museo de las casas reales in Santo Domingo. Images of architecture and historical interest. 10 images. Image descriptions.

ECUADOR

  • Caspicara: The Great Sculptor from Quito, Ecuador: Images of the works of Caspicara, an Ecuadorean sculptor focused on religious works. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • Handicrafts: Images of handicrafts made in Ecuador. Shows the combination of Colonial and Pre-Columbian influences. 12 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pre-Columbian Art: Pre-Columbian art from Ecuador. These images span all periods of the Pre-Columbian Ecuadorian past from early hunter-gatherers to the Inca. 70 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pre-Columbian Art from the Museum of the Central Bank: Various images of Pre-Columbian art from Ecuador. These items are found in the Museum of the Central Bank. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Shrunken Heads: The Jivaros, an indigenous Amazonian group, are known for making shrunken heads. These are trophy heads made with the heads of defeated enemies. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Quito: Images of Quito, Ecuador. Quito is the third oldest city in the western hemisphere after Mexico City and Cusco. Images include colonial architecture and the surrounding environment. 10 images. Image descriptions.

EL SALVADOR

  • Julio Sequeira: Images of the work of Julio Sequeira. Sequeira was a self taught artist who was influenced by the life and art of El Salvador. 10 Images. Image descriptions.

GUATEMALA

  • Colonial Architecture of Antigua, Guatemala: Antigua is the original capital of Guatemala. This legacy is preserved in the colonial architecture in the city. 20 Images. Image descriptions
  • Scenes of Guatemala: Images of Guatemala focusing on indigenous peoples residing in the highlands. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Lake Atitlan: Views of Lake Atitlan, in highland Guatemala. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • The Republic of Guatemala: Images of different areas of Guatemala including Guatemala city, the highland areas, and prominent archaeological sites. 40 images. Image descriptions.

HAITI

  • Folk Art: Haitian folk art is a mix of many influences. It has many African roots as well as European and Latin American influences. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Haiti: Mardi Gras: Images of Mardi Gras Celebrations in Haiti. From the Art Museum of the Americas. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Haitian Murals: Murals from the Cathedral in Port-au-Prince. 10 Images. Image descriptions.

HONDURAS

  • Jose Antonio Velasquez: Jose Antonio Velasquez was a folk artist from Honduras. While he had no classical artistic training, Velasquez was passionate about his painting career. 20 images. Image descriptions.

Jamaica

  • Joseph Bartholomew Kid: Images of the work of Jamaican artist Joseph Bartholomew Kid. 10 images. Image descriptions.

MEXICO

  • Colonial Art of the 16th Centuries: Images of early Mexican Colonial architecture. The art shows a fusion of Spanish and Indigenous characteristics. 40 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colonial Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries: Images of the Baroque and Churrigueresque styles in the 18th and 18th centuries of Mexico. These images show the changes from European architectural styles to adapt to the Mexican climate and threat of earthquakes. 40 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colonial Housing: In Latin America, people live in may different types of houses depending on the available building materails, climate, outside influences, and economic prosperity of the region. View some examples of Mexican Colonial architecture. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colonial Mexican Society: Life in Mexico’s colonial period (1519-1824) was diversified, complex, and in a constant state of evolution. This packet places particular emphasis on socio-economic issues such as silver mining, the trans-Atlantic trade, the rise of large landed estates, labor systems, etc. 27 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Colonial Paintings: A series of 20 slides depicting colonial paintings from Mexico. 20 images. Image descriptions
  • Day of the Dead: The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday which takes place on November 2 and commemorates the death of relatives and friends while serving as a fascinating and lively celebration for the living. This packet discusses both the European and indigenous influences in the festival rituals. 20 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Diego Rivera: Images of frescos by Diego Rivera. These frescoes are from the Ministry of Education, the Chapel of the National Agricultural School at Chapingo, and the National Palace in Mexico City. 40 images. Image descriptions
  • Etchings by Jose Luis Cuevas: Jose Luis Cuevas is a prestigious Mexican artist. He is most famous for his etchings. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Frida Kahlo: Images from Frida Kahlo, a prominent early 20th century Mexican artist. 9 images. Image descriptions.
  • Jose Clemente Orozco: Jose Clemente Orozco is a prominent Mexican muralist. His subjects included his experience with the Mexican Revolution. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Jose Clemente Orozco, Paintings and Frescoes: A series of murals and paintings by Jose Clemente Orozco. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Mesoamerican Survey: This set of images contains images of the artifacts and major sites of the non-Maya peoples of pre-Columbian Mexico. 100 images. Image descriptions.
  • Mexican Muralists: A collection of images of murals by Mexican muralists from the 20th Century. Includes works by Camarena, Castellanos, Helguera, Herran, Morado, Murillo, Nishizawa, O’Gorman, Orozco, Rivera, Siquieros, and Tamayo. 50 images. Image descriptions.
  • Mexican Indigenous and Colonial Houses: These images provide information about housing in Mexico. The focus is on indigenous houses and the influence of European style architecture from the Colonial period on these houses. 10 images. In two parts. Part I Part II
  • Modern Architecture in Mexico City: Images of modern buildings throughout Mexico City. 40 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Modern Architecture in University City, Mexico City: Images of the University area in Mexico City, home of UNAM, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. 40 images. Image descriptions.
  • Monte Alban: These images show the architecture and artifacts from Monte Alban, a Zapotec site in Oaxaca. The occupation of Monte Alban spans from the Preclassic to the Postclassic. 69 images. Image descriptions
  • The Olmec: These images show sculptures and other artifacts created by the Olmec peoples of the Gulf Coast area of Mexico. 75 Images. Accompanying guide to the images explains each image and provides background surrounding the Olmec.
  • Popular Paintings: Images of popular tourist themes from Mexico. Includes the Virgen de Guadalupe and a discussion of how she came into being. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Rufino Tamayo: Rufino Tamayo, a painter from Oaxaca, Mexico, is of Zapotec heritage. He trained as a painter in the Bellas Artes in Mexico City and taught and worked in both Mexico City and New York City. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • Tarascan Sculpture: These images show sculpture created by the Tarascan peoples of western Mexico. Includes images of Tarascan ceramics and clay figurines. Organization of American States. 10 images. In two parts. Part I Part II
  • Teotihuacan: Images of the site of Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan was a major settlement during the Classic period in Central Mexico, near modern day Mexico City. 90 images. Image descriptions.
  • Teotihuacan Murals: These images show examples of the mural art from Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan was a major settlement during the Classic period in Central Mexico, near modern day Mexico City. Mural art is abundant throughout Teotihuacan and these images show some of the best examples. Organization of American States. 14 images. Three parts. Part I Part II Part III
  • Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan:A series of images from Teotihuacan and Aztec period sites including Tenochtitlan. These images provide an excellent overview of sites and architecture in Central Mexico during the Classic and Post-Classic periods. 40 slides. In 6 parts. Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Part VI
  • Totonac Civilization: These images come from Veracruz, Mexico, the home of the Totonac civilization. The Totonac are known for their clay figurines and ceremonial ballgame attire, which are depicted in these images. Produced by the Organization of American States. 20 images. In three parts. Part I Part II Part III
  • Tula: These images are from Tula, Hidalgo, Mexico. Tula is a large Postclassic site known for its architecture and sculptural traditions. 60 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Carnival in Veracruz: The Mexican port city of Veracruz is famous for its tropical ambience, marimba rhythms, and unique cuisine. The city is also the site of Mexico’s largest and most spectacular celebration of carnival. This packet highlights the history and traditions of the renowned festival. 20 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Zapotec and Mixtec Art in the Valley of Oaxaca: Monte Alban and Mitla: Images of the sites of Monte Alban and Mitla in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. 41 images. Image descriptions.

NICARAGUA

  • Primitive Artists of Nicaragua: Images of the primitive art movement in Nicaragua. 20 images. Image descriptions.

PARAGUAY

  • Paraguay: Quiet Beauty of South Americas Heartland: Paraguay, a landlocked nation in the center of South America, has a unique history. It is particularly interesting for its ethnic make-up- a large portion of which is descended from the indigenous Guaraní and continues to speak their native language. This packet highlights Paraguayan history, geography, and contemporary urban and rural life. 32 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide

PERU

  • Camelid Weavings: Domesticated llamas and alpacas, both camelids, were excellent sources of wool in highland Peru. Pre-columbian peoples made weavings of these wools. Images of modern and ancient weavings. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colonial Art of Peru: Images of Colonial Art throughout Peru. The combination of indigenous and Spanish artistic traditions is seen in these Colonial era images. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Cuzco: Colonial Art: Images of Colonial Art in Cuzco. Shows the combination of Spanish, Inca, and Mestizo influence on Colonial Art in Peru. 10 images. Image descriptions
  • Fernando de Szyszlo: Fernando de Szyszlo was an abstract artist from Peru. He was the first abstract painter in Peru when abstract painting was not well regarded. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Peru: Museum of Anthropology of Lima: Images from the Museum of Anthropology in Lima, Peru. Focuses on pre-Columbian ceramic vessels in the collection. Organization of American States. 10 images. Uploaded in 2 parts due to the size of the file. Part I Part II
  • Early Peruvian Textiles: Images illustrating the textile culture in pre-Columbian Peru. The textiles are examples of those made of cotton, maguey, and camelid-fiber wool. Organization of the American States. 10 images. Uploaded in 2 parts. Part I Part II
  • Piedra de Huamanga Figures: Colonial period religious objects made from Alabaster in the Ayacucho region of Peru. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Weavings: Images of indigenous peoples weaving and the types of textiles they wove. 10 images. Image descriptions.

PUERTO RICO

  • Colonial Architecture: The Arsenal and Convent of Saint Thomas Aquinas: Images of the Arsenal and the Convent of St. Thomas Aquinas, both Colonial Era constructions from San Juan. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colors in the Street: Images of the Colonial houses in Old San Juan. Shows the vibrant colors and Colonial heritage of the city. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Francisco Oller: Images of paintings by Francisco Oller, a Puerto Rican artist. He is one of the greatest Puerto Rican painters of the 19th century. 80 images. Image descriptions.
  • Luis Hernandez Cruz: Luis Hernandez Cruz is a Puerto Rican abstract artist. He was influenced by his studies in New York City and the environment and life of Puerto Rico. 10 images. Image descriptions.

Uruguay

  • Joaquin Torres Garcia: Joaquin Torres Garcia, an Uruguayan painter, was a pioneer of Constructivism. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pedro Figari: Images of paintings by Pedro Figari, Uruguayan painter. 10 images. Image descriptions.

VENEZUELA

  • Carracas, Venezuela: Modern art within Carracas, Venezuela. The images here show examples of kinetic art throughout Carracas. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Venezuelan Sculptors: Images from 10 contemporary Venezuelan sculptors. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Delta Solar: Delta Solar is a monumental sculpture by Venezuelan artist Alejandro Otero. The sculpture is outside the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Guajiro Indians: The Guajiro Indians inhabit the arid Guajira Peninsula in Northwest Venezuela. These images show scenes of daily life among the Guajiro. 9 images. Image descriptions.
  • Guajiro Tapestries: Images of tapestries created by the indigenous Guajiros. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Hector Poleo: Hector Poleo is a Venezuelan artist. Poleo studied at the School of Fine ARts in Caracas and was also influenced by visits to Mexico and the United States. He was influenced by the surrealist movement. 20 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Jesus Soto: Jesus Soto is a Venezuelan artist. He was one of the forerunners of the kinetic movement and influenced by Cubism. He studied in Venezuela and Paris. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Reveron: Venezuelan Painter: Armando Reveron is a well-known Venezuelan painter. He studied art in New York City, Caracas, and Valencia. These images span different periods of Reveron’s painting career. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • Venezuelan Journey: Venezuela, one of the longest continuing democracies in Latin America, is a nation rich in geographic and cultural diversity. This slide packet follows the author on a trip through Venezuela and includes information regarding the nation’s history, geography, and socio-economic status in Latin America today. 20 images plus map transparency. Image Packet. Curriculum Guide.
  • Venezuelan Pre-Columbian Art A guide to pre-Columbian art from Venezuela. Images from the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America. Packet assembled by the Organization of American States. 10 images. Guide

GENERAL LATIN AMERICA

  • African Heritage of Latin America: View images from around Latin America showing the African influence on Latin American culture. 10 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Artists: Images from ten internationally known Latin American artists from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • More Contemporary Artists: Images from internationally known Latin American artists from Colombia, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Developing World: Images of development around the world. 18 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Economic Issues: Images of economic issues from around the world. 24 images Image descriptions.
  • Education: Images of children’s education from around the world. 18 images. Image descriptions.
  • Farming: Images from subsistence farmers around the world. 24 images Image descriptions.
  • Francisco Zuniga: Works of Francisco Zuniga, an artist from Costa Rica who lived for many years in Mexico City. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Images from the Museum of the Americas, Madrid, Spain: Images and accompanying descriptions of artifacts from around Latin America. Images span from the Pre-Columbian to the Colonial Period. 100 images. Image descriptions.
  • Latin American Art: Art from 20th Century Latin American Artists. Art from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 25 images. Image descriptions.
  • Latin American Engravers: Images from a series of artists who specialized in engravings. Includes artists from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Latin American Visual Arts Today: Images and an accompanying description and lesson plans to inform students about modern Latin American Art. Images Information
  • Latin American Women Artists: Works of art by a series of women artists from Argentina, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Towns and Cities: Images of towns and cities around the world. 24 images Image descriptions.
  • Transportation and Communication: Images of transportation around the world. 12 images. Image descriptions

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Talk with Noah Bullock: What is a Human Rights Approach?

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Noah Bullock, the Executive Director at Cristosal, will be giving a talk entitled: What is a Human Rights Approach? This talk is part of Tulane University’s celebration of International Education Week which highlights the benefits of international exchange on campus. IEW at Tulane runs from October 16th- October 20th. More information about the Tulane IEW and the events on campus can be found here.

Olancho Screening-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

OLANCHO

28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival to Feature Latinx Programming

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The 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will be held from October 11th to October 19th at participating theaters in the New Orleans area. Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films.

This year’s film festival will feature a number of films relating to the Latin American community, either in subject matter and/or made by Latin American filmmakers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be sponsoring several films, including Olancho and Cuban Short Stories.

A full list of film selections and synopses may be found here.

For more information on tickets, passes, and film packages, visit the NOFF website.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following films:

Olancho
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making music for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, he must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee. For information on times and locations, visit the Olancho event page.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano
These Cuban short stories are a series of short films highlight cultural and social subject manner relating to the Cuban community. For more information on show times and locations, visit the event page.

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban
A short documentary about female boxing in Cuba, where the Cuban government forbade women from competing in the 2016 summer olympics.

Manuel
A short documentary about an 87-year-old Cuban man who brews and sells potions said to be aphrodisiacs.

Parade
Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders.

Connection (Conectifai)
A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen.

Charlie
Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)
Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father’s adamant objection.

Prince of Smoke
Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.

Additional titles relating to the Latin American community include:

The Thunder Feast (Truenos de San Juan)
A documentary about the ancient festival of San Juanito in Guanajuato where homemade explosives are part of the revelry, but not everyone in the community is sure this tradition should continue.

Sambá
A documentary about Cisco, a Dominican-born man who returns to the Dominican Republic after doing time in a United State prison. Cisco soon finds that the only way he can make money is getting involved in loosely organized street fighting.

Days of Wholesome Joy
A Cuban narrative short about a woman taking care of her grandmother who has dementia.

Holy Hill
A narrative short story about a nun who works at a school for young boys in the Dominican Republic. Both she and the boys have parallel sexual awakenings.

Camp of the Innocents
A Louisiana-made short documentary about the U.S. interment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans. The entire synopsis, as well as show times and location may be found here.

Dead Horses
A Catalan animated short film about a child fleeing his home during wartime.

Bells in the Mountains
A Spanish short documentary about a group of cows who migrate seasonally from the town of Ullé through the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

Elegy
A short narrative film about a girl who cannot process her complicated feelings about the death of her two classmates.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

CUBAN SHORTS: CINE CUBANO

  • Saturday, October 14th 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13
  • Thursday, October 19th 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10

Tulane to host MET Curator Dr. Joanne Pillsbury for talk on Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas

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Dr. Joanne Pillsbury, the Andrall E. Pearson Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will give a presentation titled From the Heart of the Andes: On Creating Golden Kingdoms, as part of the 2017 Wladis Seminar on Curatorial Careers at the Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Pillsbury will give a behind-the-scenes view of the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas (Getty Research Institute and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fall 2017-Spring 2018), and the international research project that inspired it. Drawing upon significant recent archaeological findings and new investigations into the roles of artists, their patrons, and their workshops, the lecture focuses on luxury arts in the lands between the two great imperial capitals of the ancient Americas: Cusco, the seat of the Inca state, and Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. It probes a fundamental question: How can we discern and interpret indigenous ideas of value?

Dr. Pillsbury is a specialist in the art and archaeology of the Precolumbian Americas. Pillsbury earned her PhD from Columbia University. She was previously associate director of the Getty Research Institute and director of Precolumbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of numerous publications, including the three-volume Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530–1900 (2008), the Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award recipient Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks (2012), and Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration and the Ancient Americas (2012), which was awarded the Association for Latin American Art Book Award.

The lecture is sponsored by the Newcomb Art Department, supported by a gift from Mark and Diane Wladis.

For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Boone via email to eboone@tulane.edu.

For more information, view the official flyer here.

Tulane to host Dr. Andrew Paxman for a talk on William Jenkins and the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming historian and biographer Dr. Andrew Paxman, who will present his research and recent book in a talk titled William Jenkins: Profiteer of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema on October 19th.

In his talk, Dr. Paxman will focus on the life and film industry activities of William Jenkins, an American from humble beginnings who became the richest man in Mexico. Using biographical information and excerpts from his recent book Jenkins of Mexico: How a Southern Farm Boy Became a Mexican Magnate, Dr. Paxman will highlight how the American entrepreneur built up the Mexican film industry.

Currently, Dr. Paxman is a research professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico, where he teaches history and journalism. Earlier in his career, Dr. Paxman was a journalist in Mexico and co-authored El Tigre: Emilio Azcárraga y su imperio Televisa (2000). He earned a Masters in Latin American Studies from University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in History from the University of Texas, Austin.