Directed by Rebecca Cammisa (United States, 2009)
The Oscar-nominated documentary “Which Way Home” follows child migrants as they journey through Mexico to the United States on a freight train they call “The Beast,” recording the heartbreaking naïveté of children too young to comprehend the evils that lie in their path. 90 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.
With Karen Musalo, Rosemary Joyce, Beatriz Manz and CA Assembly Majority
Floor Leader V. Manuel Perez
A discussion of the context, current situation, and future prospects of child migrants from Central America and Mexico.
- Karen Musalo, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, UC Hastings
- Beatriz Manz, Professor of Geography and Comparative Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
- Rosemary Joyce, Professor of Anthropology and Interim Dean, Graduate Division, UC Berkeley
- V. Manuel Perez, California State Assembly Majority Leader and Participant in Legislative Delegation to Central America, July 14-23, 2014
Since 2000, Brazil has had relatively weak economic growth. Nevertheless, the labor market and income distribution have been improving consistently. Saboia will discuss Brazil’s performance and provide an interpretation of the simultaneity of these apparently inconsistent results and what they mean for the future.
João Saboia is a professor at the Institute of Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a UC Berkeley alum.
A recent amendment to the Brazilian Constitution allows for the expropriation of property in which people are found to be working in “conditions analogous to slavery.” However, it remains to be seen how the amendment will affect the complex social and legal landscape in which slavery-like conditions persist.
Leonardo Barbosa is a Michigan Grotius Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School and a legislative attorney for Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for the Study of Law and Society.
Sexually transmitted infections, adolescent pregnancy, and substance use are common among Latino youth, particularly those from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Puberty represents an important developmental window for understanding risk. Dr. Deardorff will describe collaborations across two longitudinal studies of youth in the U.S. and in Chile.
Julianna Deardorff is an associate professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, where she focuses on pubertal development and sexual behaviors among Latino youth.
Directed by Mariana Rondón (Venezuela, 2013)
Nine-year-old Junior wants to look like a pop star and have his “bad hair” straightened for the yearbook picture. His mother, disturbed by what she considers effeminate behavior, tries to stop him. Their conflict escalates until Junior is forced to make a painful decision. 93 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Rodrigo H. Vila (Argentina, 2013)
One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa “fought South America’s dictators with her voice.” This intimate documentary follows the arc of her 50-year career and explores the impact she had on the musical and political heritage of Latin America. 93 minutes. Spanish, Portuguese, French with English subtitles.
Building from his recent book, The Tupac Amaru Rebellion, Charles Walker examines the role this massive rebellion (1780-83) had in global history. In particular, he probes its impact on Spanish America’s wars of independence and whether it belongs in the category of an Atlantic Revolution.
Charles Walker is a professor of History and the director of the Hemispheric Institute of the Americas at UC Davis.
Jeffrey Q. Chambers
Jeffrey Q. Chambers is a faculty scientist in the Climate Sciences Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and an associate professor of Geography at UC Berkeley.
Directed by Shaul Schwarz (Mexico, 2013)
To a growing number of Latinos, narco-traffickers have become heroic outlaws, glorified by musicians who praise their success. “Narco Cultura” explores both the grisly reality and the pop fantasy of the drug war by contrasting the experiences of a crime scene investigator in Ciudad Juárez and a narcocorrido singer in Los Angeles. 102 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
Directed by Fernando Coimbra (Brazil, 2013)
A love triangle intersects with a kidnapping in this twist-filled Brazilian thriller. Inspired by real events, Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra’s debut feature captures every parent’s worst nightmare, casting light upon the cruelties of which humans are capable. 108 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.
As Brazil transitions from a low- to a high-income nation, the juxtaposition of traditional infectious diseases with emerging non-communicable diseases creates a new public health syndrome called non-communicable disease-associated infectious diseases (NCDAID). This new syndrome disproportionately affects residents of urban settlements known as slums or “favelas.”
Lee Riley, MD, is a professor and Head of Division of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.
Brad DeLong is a professor of Economics at UC Berkeley and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.