Upcoming Events

Film Screening and Director's Talk

Directed by Bernardo Ruiz (Mexico, 2012)

“Reportero” follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, in one of the deadliest places in the world for the media. As the drug war intensifies in Mexico and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced? 72 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

The film will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director.

Co-sponsored with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists- UC Berkeley Student Chapter.

Monday, March 30, 2015, 7:30 pm
Graduate School of Journalism Library, North Gate Hall

Garrett Brown 

Following the Rana Plaza factory collapse, the “Bangladesh Accord” was signed by 190 international clothing brands and international unions and their local affiliates. The Accord requires independent factory inspections, public reporting, mandatory repairs, and worker participation. What can garment workers in Central America learn from this experience? 

Garrett Brown, coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network, is an occupational health and safety professional who retired from Cal/OSHA after 20 years of factory inspections. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Pedro Asbeg (Brazil, 2014)

“Politics, football, and rock ’n’ roll,” are the themes explored in “Democracy in Black and White,” a documentary on Brazil’s 1980s-era re-democratization movement. The film juxtaposes popular demands for free elections, the surge in Brazilian rock groups, and the activism of São Paulo’s Corinthians soccer club. 90 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room 2060, Valley Life Sciences Building

Film Screening and Discussion

Directed by José Cohen (Mexico, 2013)

The 2014 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award-winning documentary “H20mx” highlights the economic, political, and geographical difficulties that stand between Mexico City’s 22 million residents and a safe, reliable water supply. 90 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Isha Ray and Ivonne del Valle.

Isha Ray is Associate Professor with the Energy and Resources Group and Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center at UC Berkeley.

Ivonne del Valle is Associate Professor at UC Berkeley’s Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Her research currently focuses on the drainage of the lakes of Mexico City that started in 1607.

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:00 pm
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

Film Screening and Director's Talk

Directed by Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith (Mexico, 2009)

This Emmy Award-winning documentary is a taut exposé of Mexico’s dysfunctional criminal courts. “Presumed Guilty” follows a young man wrongfully convicted of homicide as he pursues justice in a system where guilt is presumed and there is a 95 percent conviction rate. 87 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“a compelling tale of corruption and sloth” —John Anderson, Variety

The film will be followed by a discussion with Roberto Hernández.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:00 pm
Room 2040, Valley Life Sciences Building

Roberto Hernández

Mexico has one of the most notorious criminal justice systems in the world. Most crimes, even egregious ones, go unpunished and mistreatment of suspects and witness coercion run rampant. Will the new criminal courts, embracing transparency and adversary trials, improve policing or is any hope for judicial transparency misplaced?

Roberto Hernández is a Mexican lawyer, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, and policy analyst. His film “Presunto Culpable” has broken every documentary box office record in Mexico. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 4:00 pm
180 Doe Library

Linda R. Manzanilla

This talk will stress the exceptional characteristics of the sacred city of Teotihuacan, in central Mexico, during pre-Hispanic times. Its unique multiethnic corporate structure  tore Teotihuacan apart and possibly led to the revolt that set the core of the city on fire in 550 AD.  

Dr. Linda R. Manzanilla is professor and researcher at the Institute of Anthropological Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a member of El Colegio Nacional.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley and the Mexican Museum.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall