Ricardo Falla in conversation with Beatriz Manz
Ricardo Falla, who has dedicated his life to documenting the lives and cultures of the K'iche' Maya in Guatemala and other indigenous peoples throughout Central America, speaks on immigration and the effects of migratory patterns on Guatemalan communities.
Ricardo Falla is a Guatemalan Jesuit priest and anthropologist, who focuses on justice and human rights for indigenous peoples.
After more than 40 years, the first trial for the assassination of icon Victor Jara at Estadio Chile marked an extraordinary opportunity to build truth and memory, missing pieces in the Chilean transitional justice process. Almudena Bernabeu, who represented Jara’s family in the trial, discusses the case, hearing first-time testimony from the soldiers who participated in what happened at the stadium, and how after so many years, some justice was served.
Almudena Bernabeu is an attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability and has worked in human rights and international law for over 20 years. In 2012, she was included in the 100 most influential people list published yearly by TIME..
After decades of denying racism and underplaying cultural diversity, Latin American states began adopting transformative ethno-racial legislation in the late 1980s. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, Paschel shows how black movements in Latin America went from marginalized to institutionalized, and how the strategic actions of a small group of black activists successfully brought about change.
Tianna Paschel is an assistant professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. Her work focuses on the intersection of racial ideology, politics, and globalization in Latin America.
Most urban centers and capitals in Latin American countries are situated on or near dramatically varied terrain. Rene Davids provides unique insights about the history and architecture of Latin America as he explores the interplay between built works and their geographies in various cities including Bogotá, Caracas, Mendoza, México D. F., Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, and Valparaíso.
René C. Davids is a professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley. He is a principal of Davids Killory Architecture, a firm that has received national and international recognition for design. A volume of essays he edited, Shaping Terrain: City Building in Latin America, was published in August 2016 by University Press of Florida.
Directed by Alê Abreu (Brazil, 2013)
Boy and the World, the spell-binding animated film from Brazil’s Alê Abreu, follows the story of a young boy who leaves his village in search of his missing father. His journey propels him into a technicolor world populated with animal-machines and extraordinary beings. It was nominated at the 88th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. Music with no dialogue. 80 minutes.
"Alê Abreu’s 'Boy and the World' is unequivocally the best animated film of the year."
— Carlos Aguilar, Indiewire
Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
In July 2016, El Salvador's Supreme Court overturned an amnesty law, which had for 23 years blocked prosecutions in cases of crimes against humanity committed during the war. Yet formidable challenges remain, and have emerged as more acute than ever in public discussions after the court's decision. Drawing on five years of engaged research partnerships with Salvadoran human rights defenders, Godoy explores how grassroots efforts in El Salvador may yet offer new lessons about truth, justice, and healing.
Angelina Snodgrass Godoy holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and serves as the Helen H. Jackson Chair in Human Rights and Director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Washington in Seattle.
In March of this year, assailants murdered Berta Cáceres, a decorated Honduran environmental activist and founder of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. Rosemary Joyce discusses the shocking circumstances Cáceres’s assassination and why it reveals the impunity of those in power in Honduras today.
Rosemary Joyce is the Alice S. Davis Endowed Chair in Anthropology at UC Berkeley. In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Federal Cultural Property Advisory Committee. She has spent more than 35 years conducting archaeological fieldwork in Honduras.
Directed by Pablo Trapero (Argentina, 2015)
Argentine Pablo Trapero’s new film, The Clan, tells the shocking true story of a well-to-do Buenos Aires family that carried out a series of kidnappings for ransom in the 1980s. Spanish with English subtitles. 110 minutes.
“The Clan, Pablo Trapero’s wrenching, exciting new film, could be described as an examination of the banality of evil.”
— A. O. Scott, The New York Times
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
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