Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Justicia Now! Film Screening and Filmmaker Q & A at the New Orleans Film Festival

October 14th, 2009
7:15 PM

Location
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies presents Latin American film at this year’s 20th Annual New Orleans Film Festival. The Stone Center’s Biennial Latin American Environmental Media Festival awarded Justicia Now! the Grand Jury Best of the Festival prize last April 2009. Filmmakers Robbie Proctor and Martin O’Brien of MoFilms will now present their award-winning film at this year’s 20th Annual New Orleans Film Festival at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:15 pm.

We invite you to a reception preceding the screening at 6:00 pm at the CAC.

Latin American Film Programming at the 20th New Orleans Film Festival:

Sunday, October 11 at 12 noon Canal Place Cinema
  • El Sistema Germany. 2009. 102 min.
    Jose Antonio Abreu used his love for music to help ordinary children find a way out of the trappings of Venezuela’s pitfalls of dire poverty. His project started in 1975 and three decades later his movement has bloomed into a full-fledged public works program that several countries around the world now want to copy and implement. El Sistema shows how Abreu’s astonishing ideas result in a most improbable social project that has come to embrace all of Venezuelan society. A complex film, its beauty is in showing the emotions of the various children who now have found a way out of the violence and poverty.
    DIR: Paul Smaczny, Maria Stodtmeier PROD: Maria Stodtmeier CAM: Michael Boomers ED: Steffen Herrmann
Monday, October 12 at 9:30 pm – screened as part of Doc Shorts Program 1 Contemporary Arts Center
  • El Play USA. 2008. Documentary Short.
    El Play tells the story of Jairo Manuel Candelario, a young aspiring baseball player from San Pedro de Macorís, a small city in The Dominican Republic famous for birthing some of the world‘€™s most talented baseball players. The film paint‘€™s a detailed portrait of Jairo and his tireless commitment to the game as he balances his hopes of signing a professional contract with the reality of its improbability. Interviewed are professional scouts, coaches, family members, a baseball historian, and San Pedro-born Robinson Canó, the second baseman of the New York Yankees.
    DIR: Pablo Medina.

Wednesday, October 14
All at Contemporary Arts Center

5:00 pm
  • Beauty of the Fight USA. 2008. 69 min. Documentary Feature.
    In his photography book and documentary film Beauty of the Fight, photographer and director John Urbano explores, with intimate and devastating imagery, the effects of historic realities on two Panama barrios. Barraza and El Chorrillo suffered heavy losses when U.S. forces invaded in 1989 in order to capture General Manuel Noriega, and now this ‘€œInterim‘€ shantytown nears extinction due to recent outside private and commercial development. With deft camera work and under military police protection while entering the ‘€œRed Zone,‘€ the filmmakers render for posterity not only the daily struggle but also the dignity, joy, and heightened awareness of its residents. Boxers, cock fighters, gang bangers, street urchins, small business owners, family members, community leaders, and visionaries detail the day to day plight to hold onto the homes and endure the loss of loved ones due to street conflicts while they express the inevitable hopes of all peoples who fall victim to the unconscious political and economic forces. Not only does the film give voice to the people of this neighborhood, but it also explores the vagaries of documenting a community destined to slip into the past.
    DIR/PROD/CAM/ED: John Urbano
7:15 pm
  • Documentary Shorts Program 3: Latin American Docs (Total 42 mins.)
  • Justicia Now! JUSTICIA NOW! is a documentary about Chevron Texaco‘€™s toxic legacy in the Northern Ecuadorian region of the Amazon rain forest‘€“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. Directors: Martin O‘€™Brien and Robbie Proctor. USA. 2008. 31 min.
  • BATTLE FOR THE XINGU
    Imagine Hurricane Katrina was not a hurricane but an event sponsored by the federal government, in collaboration with several multinational corporations. If your imagination fails you, watch Battle for the Xingu. The Xingu, a tributary of the Amazon, is home to over 10,000 indigenous people who rely on the river for survival. The Brazilian government is proposing what would be the world‘€™s third largest hydroelectric dam, threatening to destroy the biodiversity of the region and deprive these people of their rights to a sustainable future. The filmmakers were in Altamira in 2008 for the Xingu Alive Encounter to witness the spectacular determination of the Amazon people to protect their way of life. Today, plans to build the dam continue; so do the protests. Director: Iara Lee. USA. 2009. 11 min. Regional Premiere.
9:30 pm
  • Super Amigos
  • *Mexico. 2007. 82 min. Documentary.
    Mexico City is not Gotham City but if you were to run into any of the five masked activists who protect this metropolis, you’d wonder if you were not living inside a comic book. These modern-day super heroes are a group of Lucha Libre wrestlers who have taken their fight out of the ring and into the streets of the Mexican capital. Super Barrio, Super Gay, Super Ecologista, Super Animal, and Fray Tormenta are real life masked super heroes who fight against evil slumlords, corrupt politicians, homophobia, pollution, animal rights abusers, and poverty. Though their true identity remains a mystery, they could easily be Mexico City’s most popular figures and last salvation.
    DIR/WRITER/PROD: Arturo Perez Torres PROD: Heather Haynes CAM: Mario Gallegos ED: Cameron Esler

LATEST SITE UPDATES

All Events

Upcoming Events

Life, Love, and Labor of African Descendants in Late-Colonial Veracruz: An Analysis of the 1791 Census

View Full Event Description

Join us at the Stone Center for this public lecture by Dr. Beau D.J. Gaitors, Assistant Professor at Winston Salem State University.

In the port city of Veracruz in 1791, African descendants represented thirty-five percent of the population whose race was identified and roughly twenty-five percent of the overall population according to the census of 1791. Employing the census of 1791, this presentation goes beyond the numeric representation of African descendants in the port city of Veracruz. Instead, it demonstrates how the 1791 census affords an opportunity for a complex analysis of African descendants in Veracruz in terms of race, occupation and marital status (among other aspects). This presentation engages these characteristics to view the position of African descendants in a late-colonial urban context in Mexico and details how the methodological use of census records has broader implications for other regions and time periods.

Beau D.J. Gaitors is an assistant professor of history in the Department of History, Politics, & Social Justice at Winston-Salem State University. His research focuses on the African diaspora with a particular emphasis on the social, political, and economic contributions of African descendants during the transition to independence in Mexico. He received his PhD from Tulane University (2017) in the Department of History. He received his M.A. in History from Purdue University (2010). Dr. Gaitors holds a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Africana Studies from Brown University (2008). He received a Fulbright fellowship (COMEXUS 2013-2014) to conduct archival research for his current book project on African descendants in nineteenth-century Mexico and served as a postdoctoral fellow through the Consortium for Faculty Diversity. His current manuscript project engages the position of African descendants in the port city of Veracruz through the lens of mobility, citizenship, and belonging in the nascent nation.

Study Abroad Fair

View Full Event Description

The Tulane Study Abroad Fair showcases the study abroad opportunities that are available to Tulane students, while also highlighting the experiences of study abroad alumni, international students and visiting exchange students. Come to the Study Abroad fair to visit with representatives from programs around the world as well as Tulane departments and faculty that run international programs.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be there to showcase our three summer abroad opportunities: Summer in Cuba, Summer in Brazil, and Mayan Language Institute.

Latin American Writers Series: Gabriela Wiener

View Full Event Description

Tulane Visiting Scholar and Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán interviews Peruvian writer Gabriela Wiener about her life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and informal reception. Note: This event will be held in Spanish

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reune a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the author

Gabriela Wiener, born in Lima, has published multiple collections of chronicles, including Sexografias (2008), Llamada Perdida (2009), Nueve Lunas (2015), and Dicen de mí (2017), as well as one of poetry, Ejercicios para el endurecimiento del espíritu (2014). The English translation of her first book, Sexographies, was released in 2018. Her writing also regularly appears in periodicals in Europe, South America, and the United States. In 2018, Wiener shared the IPYS Premio Nacional de Periodismo in Peru with Diego Salazar for Una historia de terror en París a piece exposing the sex crimes of poet Reynaldo Naranjo.

Screening of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival

View Full Event Description

The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is proud to sponsor two screenings of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival.

THURS OCT 17 | 12:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC
TUES OCT 22 | 3:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC

Film Description

The sun rises over Havana, Cuba, and awakens not just a city, but the people who live on its rooftops. Amidst poverty and dilapidated buildings left by the Special Period‘€“the worst economic crisis the country has ever seen‘€“lie people with a deep love for the city and their towering views. Through sun-soaked visuals and interviews with rooftop dwellers, we get a sense of their hopes, history, and the reality of living in Cuba post‘€“Special Period. What begins as a portrait of everyday life becomes an exploration of the effects of socio-economic disarray and increased foreign influence on a fiercely independent nation. Despite their adversity and separation from the world, the rooftop dwellers of Havana, like all others, search for happiness.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

View Full Event Description

A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Sementes de maracujá.

Achieving Dreams Fashion Show

View Full Event Description

The Achieving Dreams Fashion Show aims to present and share the clothing lines of New Orleans-based Garifuna Zechor Fashion with a diverse range of communities. This company is committed to creating unique designs in a wide range of sizes, featuring bright colors and patterns, which for the Garifuna people represent happiness and celebration of their Afro-Indigenous culture. This event is organized and sponsored by Teresa Morales, the founder and director of Zechor Fashion, LLC. She is presenting this event with the support of the Zechor Fashion team, an extended network of friends and family. The featured presenter will be cultural producer and filmmaker Sarah K. Borealis, who is a Stone Center alumna.

VIP Tickets: $30
Regular Admission: $25
Tickets can be purchased over the phone – call 504-470-6552 to reach Aribela or 832-680-1952 to reach Zechor or here.

Teresa Rochez is originally from Honduras. She was born in the community of La Ensenada, near Tela, in the Honduran Department of Atlantida. When she was a child, Teresa dreamed of becoming a model, but because she was teased for her short stature, she left this dream behind. At the age of 19 years, she migrated to the United States in search of new opportunities and began to nurture her passion for fashion. She started by designing clothes primarily for her friends and family, but eventually began to receive and fulfill international orders from her native Honduras as well as from throughout the United States. Her dream is to keep on developing and evolving her brand with the same impulse for success she derives from her experience as a Garifuna, Latina, Honduran immigrant in the United States. You can find Teresa Rochez and her designs on Instagram (@zechorrochez) and Facebook (Rochez Zechor).

For more information visit the Facebook Page.