Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
In July 2016, El Salvador's Supreme Court overturned an amnesty law, which had for 23 years blocked prosecutions in cases of crimes against humanity committed during the war. Yet formidable challenges remain, and have emerged as more acute than ever in public discussions after the court's decision. Drawing on five years of engaged research partnerships with Salvadoran human rights defenders, Godoy explores how grassroots efforts in El Salvador may yet offer new lessons about truth, justice, and healing.
Angelina Snodgrass Godoy holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and serves as the Helen H. Jackson Chair in Human Rights and Director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Washington in Seattle.
In March of this year, assailants murdered Berta Cáceres, a decorated Honduran environmental activist and founder of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. Rosemary Joyce discusses the shocking circumstances Cáceres’s assassination and why it reveals the impunity of those in power in Honduras today.
Rosemary Joyce is the Alice S. Davis Endowed Chair in Anthropology at UC Berkeley. In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Federal Cultural Property Advisory Committee. She has spent more than 35 years conducting archaeological fieldwork in Honduras.
Directed by Pablo Trapero (Argentina, 2015)
Argentine Pablo Trapero’s new film, The Clan, tells the shocking true story of a well-to-do Buenos Aires family that carried out a series of kidnappings for ransom in the 1980s. Spanish with English subtitles. 110 minutes.
“The Clan, Pablo Trapero’s wrenching, exciting new film, could be described as an examination of the banality of evil.”
— A. O. Scott, The New York Times
Claudia Paz y Paz
The disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero, Mexico in 2014 generated global attention and widespread protests. In response to controversy, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights sent an international panel of experts to investigate the disappearances. Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala’s former attorney general and a member of the panel, discusses her role in the investigation.
Claudia Paz y Paz was Guatemala's first female attorney general and a leader in reforming that country's justice system. Her work has received international recognition, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
Film Screening and Discussion
Directed by Ryan Suffern (United States, 2016)
“Finding Oscar,” a feature length documentary, traces the pursuit for justice in the case of the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala in 1982. The search leads to the trail of two little boys, Oscar and Ramiro, who were abducted during the slaughter and raised by some of the same soldiers who murdered their families. These boys offer the only living evidence tying the Guatemalan government to the massacre. 100 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion featuring director Ryan Suffern, Oscar Ramirez’s lawyer Scott Greathead, and Professor Beatriz Manz of the Department of Ethnic Studies and Geography.
Directed by Trisha Ziff (Mexico, Spain, USA 2011)
The Mexican Suitcase tells the incredible story of thousands of negatives containing some of the most compelling images from the Spanish Civil War, including work by legendary photographer Robert Capa, that were lost for over half a century. The documentary interweaves the journey of the photos, from their disappearance at the beginning of World War II to their rediscovery in Mexico City in 2007, with the stories of people whose lives were dramatically changed by the war. 86 Minutes. Spanish, Catalan and English dialogue with English subtitles.
“For even the most casual students of photography, journalism and history, this beautiful and soulful film is nevertheless required viewing.” — Film Journal International
Directed by Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala, 2015)
Fusing fact and fable, Ixcanul tells the gripping story of María, a 17-year-old Mayan (Kaqchikel) girl who lives and works on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano in Guatemala. The film explores tensions between Maria’s desire to control her destiny and her commitment to family and traditional rituals. Ixcanul was Guatemala’s Oscar selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. 93 minutes, Spanish with English Subtitles.
“A transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature from Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante.” – Scott Foundas, Variety