Upcoming Events

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.

This event is free and open to the public. No ticket required.

Monday, October 24, 2016, 6:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

Cine Latino

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

This event is free and open to the public. No ticket required.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
105 North Gate Hall

Research presentations

This symposium is a unique opportunity to learn about the current research done by UC Berkeley graduate students who spent last summer in Latin America. Field research grants were provided by CLAS with the generous support of the Tinker Foundation.

Thursday, October 27, 2016, Th and Fri, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

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

This event is free and open to the public. No ticket required.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7:00 pm
105 North Gate Hall

David Bacon and Cadelba Lomeli

In August 2014, a highly acidic and heavy-metal polluted wastewater spill entered the Sonora River from a mine operated by Grupo Mexico.  It contaminated 135 miles of the river and a reservoir serving a city of 800,000 people —poisoning farmland, killing livestock, and causing adverse health effects for thousands of residents.  The Mexican government and Grupo Mexico have since declared the crisis over.

In April 2016, a panel of health, environmental, labor, and academic professionals toured the area and, conducted a survey which found serious continuing health problems in the local population. Two members of the panel, photojournalist David Bacon and nurse practitioner Cadelba Lomeli, will discuss the intersection of occupational, environmental and community health issues after the spill.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street