Brazil is going through its first major political and institutional crisis since the new Constitution was passed in 1988. In this lecture, Carlos Milani will examine the current political and institutional crisis, its causes, and its impact on future public policies in Brazil.
Carlos R. S. Milani is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. His research focuses on comparative foreign policy, Brazilian foreign policy, international development cooperation, and foreign aid. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies.
Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil, 2015)
Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of the Aquarius, a vintage seaside building in Recife. All the neighboring apartments have been acquired by a company planning a high-rise development. Clara, having pledged to leave only upon her death, engages in a frightening and mysterious “cold war” with the company, which puts her on edge and brings up thoughts about past and future loved ones. 142 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.
“Aquarius is a marvelous and surprising act of portraiture, a long, unhurried encounter with a single, complicated person.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times
Directed by Alonso Ruiz Palacios (Mexico, 2014)
Tomas is a boy from Veracruz whose mother, fed up with his poor behavior, sends him to stay with his brother in Mexico City. His arrival coincides with a strike at the national university that leaves its students, including Tomas’ brother Sombra and Sombra’s roommate Santos, in an angst-ridden limbo. Hearing that Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz has been hospitalized somewhere in the city, Tomas convinces Sombra and Santos to search the city in order to pay their final respects. 106 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
“A sly, insouciant masterpiece, it marks Alonso Ruizpalacios as a talent to watch.”
-– Godfrey Cheshire, Rogerebert.com