Motherless at 13, Vanja is determined to find her biological father. She leaves Rio for Colorado to live with her stepfather, a former guerrilla with a notorious past. Rendered in lyrical prose, Crow Blue is a literary road trip through Brazil and America and across dark decades of family and political history.
Adriana Lisboa is the author of Symphony in White, winner of the José Saramago Prize; Hut of Fallen Persimmons; and Crow Blue, an Independent book of the year.
Documentary screening and discussion
Directed by Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks (United States, 2014)
Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago, U.S. companies have used the Santiago River as their own “waste canal.” This documentary follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico. 24 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
Steve Fisher is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and an Univision Fellow at the Center for Latin American Studies. Jason Jaacks is a student at the Graduate School of Journalism, the founder of SplitFrame Media, and the winner of the 2014 Dorothea Lange Fellowship.
The film will be followed by a discussion with Professor Cynthia Gorney of the Graduate School of Journalism and Harley Shaiken, chair of the Center for Latin American Studies.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. The event will begin with a reception at 6:00 pm followed by the film at 6:30 pm.
Young people, especially men, have been transforming the public space in São Paulo through a series of practices of circulation and cultural production. This talk will reflect on one of the most intriguing of these practices, rolezinhos, and on the deep social anxieties they generate.
Teresa Caldeira is Professor of City & Regional Planning at UC Berkeley.
Film Screening and Director's Talk
Directed by Petra Costa (Brazil, 2012)
Elena travels to New York to become an actress, leaving behind a childhood spent in hiding from the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra also an actress, goes to New York in search of her lost sister. 80 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.
“‘Elena’ is one of the most moving, heartrending cinematic experiences I’ve ever had.” — Walter Salles, director of “Central Station” and “The Motorcycle Diaries.”
The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with director Petra Costa.
Tarek E. Milleron
Humans rely heavily on palm trees for food and fiber. Tarek Milleron focuses on wild palm fruit harvests in northern South America, where long traditions of climbing have given way to cutting down whole trees, wiping out the resource in local areas.
Tarek E. Milleron, Ph.D., is a forest ecologist who has worked on wild palm fruit harvests in Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela.
Sergio Fajardo is the governor of Antioquia, Colombia, and the former mayor of Medellín. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas
Despite 50 years of ongoing conflict with the FARC guerrillas, Colombia has the fastest growing economy in South America. The ambassador joins us to discuss the “New Colombia” and what it means for the upcoming presidential elections and continued peace talks.
Luis Carlos Villegas is the Colombian ambassador to the United States and a former member of the negotiating team in the ongoing peace talks with FARC.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Colombian Consulate in San Francisco.