Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Las Américas Film Series: New Films From Latin America

February 19th, 2010 - March 11th, 2010

Location
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 352-1150

This series is made possible through the generosity of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Las Américas Film Network, John Burton Harter Charitable Trust, and Ceballos Legal Consulting and Immigration Law.

Tulane faculty, staff & students get in free with ID.

For more information, see the Zeitgeist Home.
For movie information and previews, see Las Américas Films.

Series Schedule

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 FROM 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LAMBI A RELE: A CELEBRATION OF ARTS TO BENEFIT HAITI.
Come immerse yourself in the culture of Haiti. Sample traditional Haitian cuisine and rum punch. There will be Haitian art on display, as well as recent photographs from Haiti for sale. We will also have a silent auction of original works by local artists, a raffle with great prizes from local businesses, live music and more! Contact Lambi.A.Rele@gmail.com for more info. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Yele Haiti for earthquake relief. http://yele.org

FEBRUARY 19 – 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
EL GENERAL by Natalia Almada – (Mexico) – Past and present collide in this extraordinarily crafted film when filmmaker Natalia Almada, winner of the US Directing Award: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, brings to life audio recordings she inherited from her grandmother. These recordings feature Alicia Calles‘€™s reminiscences about her own father‘€“Natalia‘€™s great-grandfather‘€“General Plutarco Elías Calles, a revolutionary general who became president of Mexico in 1924. Combining meticulously edited audio, haunting photographs, archival newsreels, and old Hollywood films with an original evocative soundtrack, sweeping footage of modern-day Mexico City, and interviews with today‘€™s working poor. Winner U.S. Directing Award: Documentary at Sundance 2009 and the Cine Las Americas, Audience Award, Best Documentary. 83 minutes

FEBRUARY 19 – 24 @ 9:30 p.m.
TONY MANERO by Pablo Larrain – (Chile) – As Augusto Pinochet holds Chile in the grip of dictatorship, a fifty year old man obsessed with John Travolta‘€™s character from Saturday Night Fever . Raúl Peralta and his friends gather in a small bar and act out their favorite scenes from the film. When the national television announces a Tony Manero impersonating contest it seems he may finally have a shot at living his dreams. But as Raúl and his dancing partners (also underground resistance fighters who rail against the regime) are persecuted by the secret police. Chile’s Official 2008 Academy award entry. Winner Grand Prize and Best actor at the Havana Film Festival and the KNF Director’s Prize Rotterdam Film Festival, 98 minutes

FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 4 @ 5:30 p.m.
LIVERPOOL by Lisandro Alonso – (Argentina) – One of the New Argentine Cinema’s most distinguished directors, has a singular voice that speaks once again in Liverpool. A graceful ode to solitude and the existential need for meaning, this story follows a sailor named Farrel on a lonely journey to the southernmost region of Argentina. After traveling the world, Farrel asks the captain if he can leave the ship to see if his mother still lives in their old village. Alonso’s wide shots of formidable mountain ranges connects Farrel’s gloomy trek through the snow with the dark past that haunts him, creating an engrossing aesthetic that sets the director apart as a master of style and technique. Grand Jury Prize Gijon Int. Film Festival. 84 mins.

FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
BIRDWATCHERS by Marcco Bechis – (Brazil) – In Mato Grosso do Sul, in rural Brazil, hordes of tourists come for bird watching. The Guarani-Kaiowá, the indigenous people who really own the land, are confined to a nearby reservation and are paid to stand naked along the shores of the river in face paint to provide thrills for the visitors. Fed up with their officially-imposed financial and spiritual impoverishment, tribal leaders and a local shaman organize a protest. Casting local non- professionals, the director draws out performances that highlight the sharp clash between tyranny and a spiritual and ancient culture connected to nature. 104 minutes

FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 4 @ 9:30 p.m.
GIGANTE by Adrian Biniez – (Uruguay) – Jara is a shy and lonely 35-year-old security guard at a supermarket on the outskirts of Montevideo. He works the night shift, monitoring the surveillance cameras of the entire building. One night he discovers Julia, a 25-year-old cleaning woman, through one of the cameras. Night after night, he watches her on the cameras while she works. Soon he starts following her after work: to the cinema, the beach and even to a date with another man. Jara’s life becomes a series of routines and rituals around Julia, but eventually he finds himself at a crossroad and must decide whether to give up his obsession or confront it. Winner Best First Feature, Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin Int. Film Festival. 85 minutes

March 5 & 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
NORA’S WILL by Marciana Chenillo – (Mexico) Before dying, Nora schemes a plan to make José, her ex-husband, take care of her corpse. But she is missing something. For the only flaw in the plan – a mysterious photograph forgotten under the bed- will lead to an unexpected outcome reminding us that the biggest love stories are sometimes hidden in the smallest places. Winner Audience Award Miami Film Festival and Jury Prize and Best First Feature Los Angeles Latino Film Festival. 90 minutes

March 5 & 7 @ 9:30 p.m.
DOS PATRIAS (TWO HOMELANDS, CUBA AND THE NIGHT) by Christian Liffers – (Cuba) Framed by the beautiful poetry of the oppressed Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, this revealing documentary features memorable portraits of five gay men and one transsexual woman living in and around Havana. It has been more than ten years since the success of films like Strawberry and Chocolate and Gay Cuba, so Two Homelands provides a fresh and important look at the present-day gay culture and community of an often misunderstood country that is still stuck in the past but also very dynamic and full of surprises. Cuba is the country where they live, but the night is where they thrive. 84 minutes.

March 8 & 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
WHO AM I? (THE FOUND CHILDREN OF ARGENTINA) by Estela Bravo – (Argentina) – What does it feel like to suddenly discover that your parents are not actually your parents, but part of a network of military criminals who murdered your mother and father? The children of Argentina’s disappeared are now young adults struggling with such complex and traumatic discoveries. For three decades, the Plaza de Mayo Grandmothers have searched for their 500 stolen grandchildren, the children of their own children who disappeared in Argentina’s Dirty War. To date, 88 of these missing children have been found and have recovered their true identity. 75 minutes.

March 8 & 9 @ 9:30 p.m.
THE MAN OF TWO HAVANAS by Vivien Weismen Lesnik – (Cuba) – Through the prism of a daughter we explore the past, the present, and the nature of social responsibility and personal sacrifice. The movie contains highly controversial top-secret audiotapes of a CIA trained Cuban exile Terrorist who is in the middle of a trial and incarcerated by Homeland Security. His trial puts the Bush administration’s War on Terror on trial as well. The audiotape excerpts are from an NYT reporter who refuses to turn over these tapes. The never before heard audiotapes will be hotly debated in the media. 93 minutes.

March 10 & 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
THE INHERITORS by Eugenio Polgovsky – (Mexico) – THE INHERITORS immerses us in the daily lives of children who, with their families, survive only by their unrelenting labor. The film takes us into the agricultural fields, where children barely bigger than the buckets they carry, work long hours, in often hazardous conditions, picking tomatoes, peppers, or beans, for which they are paid by weight. This film reveals how the cycle of poverty is passed on, from one generation to another. Grand Prize Festival of New Latin Cinema. 90 minutes.

March 10 & 11 @ 9:30 p.m.
OBLIVION by Heddy Honigmann – (Peru) – Peru’s capital city of Lima, reveals its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty, and how many of its poorest citizens have survived decades of economic crisis, terrorism and government violence, denial of workers’ rights, and political corruption. OBLIVION provides intimate and moving portraits of street musicians, singers, vendors, shoeshine boys, and the gymnasts (some mere children) and jugglers who perform at traffic stops. The film also visits small business owners who although include in the daily interactions of the city‘€™s wealthy, live in near poverty in the city‘€™s slums. Winner International Film Critics Prize and the Silver Dove Award at the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival. 93 minutes.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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
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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.

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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
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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).

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