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State of Immigration Reform Focus of Indocumentales Discussion

On November 23rd, a full house at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center’s auditorium gathered for the screening of Empire of Dreams (1880-1942). An audience of 70, which included activists, teachers, and members of the NYU community, watched this insightful documentary from the PBS series ‘Latino Americans’, about the history of the first waves of Latin American immigrants to the U.S. The screening inspired an interesting conversation between the audience and our panelists for the night, Maribel Hernandez Rivera (Executive Director of Legal Initiatives at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs), and Juan González (award-winning journalist, author, and 2015 Andrés Bello Chair of Latin American Cultures and Civilization). Interesting questions around the level of information within the general public about immigration history and issues, the economics of immigration vs. changes in demographics, and how current politics will drive the immigration debate, guided an engaged conversation.

Join us for the last screening of the Indocumentales series on December 17 at 6:30pm, when we will be showing the award-winning film La Jaula de Oro.


A Successful Quechua Night with Filmmaker Gabina Funegra


On January 30, filmmaker and academic Gabina Funegra joined the Runasimi Outreach Committee of NYU for a screening of the director’s award-winning documentary “Quechua, The Fading Incan Language.” In the film, Gabina — herself Peruvian but currently living in Australia — documents her journey to the town of Huallanca in the Peruvian Andes. It is here that Funegra explores the fading Quechua language, which her mother spoke but did not pass on to Funegra herself. After the film, NYU Quechua professor Odi Gonzales facilitated an enlightening Q&A with Gabina, which spilled over into an intimate reception where conversations about Quechua, language preservation and Andean culture continued well into the night.

Documentary Film by CLACS Alum Featured at Uruguayan Film Festival

The documentary film Hit– co-written and co-directed by CLACS alum Adriana Loeff – takes a musical journey through the past five decades of Uruguayan culture and politics.

Hit is showing in the Uruguayan Film Festival at NYU on Saturday, October 22nd at 8:00pm. All films are free and open to the public.

Currently a producer at Televisión Nacional Uruguay (TNU), Adriana Loeff graduated from the Global Journalism – or GloJo – joint CLACS M.A. program.  A Fulbright scholar, her research at CLACS focused on Uruguayan conditional cash transfer programs, which came about after the 2001 financial crisis led to rampant unemployment and poverty.  She has also published articles in U.S. news sources, including NYU’s Pavement Pieces.

Official synopsis from HIT website: HIT tells the story of Uruguayan songs that have made history. In a journey that spans 50 years, the movie relates the milestones in music and in the life of a country, moments that have moved those who lived through them—and also those who did not. HIT reveals how these songs became symbols and survived the passing of time. It also discovers the personal and intimate stories of their composers: those who were forgotten, those who haven’t let go of their past successes, and those for whom recognition came too late.

Through the memories and confessions of some of the most important names in Uruguayan music, HIT brings to life the stories behind the songs that defined a country and that, in some cases, helped to change history.

The Uruguayan Film Festival runs from October 18th – 24th.  Please note, I.D. is required for entry into all films.

CLACS alumni and students are invited to an alumni meet-up on November 8th.  Alums and current students, please join us!
Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Room 701 of King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC), 53 Washington Square South, New York University, New York NY 10012

Posted by Von Diaz – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU

CLACS Faculty Peter Lucas Wins Guggenheim

Peter Lucas Guggenheim Last Hour SummerPeter Lucas has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship which will support The Last Hour of Summer, a feature-length documentary film about Ipanema in the early 1960s, just before the Brazilian military coup. The film focuses on a cache of found photographs in order to explore the various aestethic, cultural, political, and social dimensions of this “golden hour” before the 20-year dictatorship.

Peter Lucas is one of eight NYU professors to receive a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship this year.  In total, 180 fellowships were awarded to recipients chosen from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants.  These scholars, artists and scientists were chosen because of their “prior achievement and exceptional promise,” and will carry out a diverse array of projects.

Peter Lucas- The Last Hour of Summer

The Last Hour of Summer has its roots in a trip to a flea market in Rio de Janeiro in 2003, where Peter found and purchased 200 small black and white photos.  Intrigued by the collection, which was dated 1962-63 and depicted beach scenes at Ipanema, Lucas was determined to uncover its history.  He eventually identified the late  photographer and has reconnected with many of the subjects of the photographs.  Lucas has since purchased the remainder of the archive which will be incorporated into the film and support several narrative threads.  First, because they were taken just before the repressive and violent dictatorship resulting from the 1964 military coup, the photos could be seen as capturing what many Brazilians call the “last hour” of innocence, beauty, hope, naiveté, wonder, and youth. The photos also reference the end of the era of classic black and white snapshots before the widespread introduction of Kodacolor film in 1964.  Taken by Orizon Caneiro Muniz, the photographs speak to a specific moment in the history of personal photography, and also are embedded in an important cultural moment as Ipanema awaits international attention from the impending Bossa Nova movement and the influx of tourists and surfers.

Peter Lucas teaches in the Draper Program, the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of Arts, and in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of International Education at NYU in 1996. His teaching focuses on international human rights with an emphasis on media, documentary practice, human rights and photography, the poetics of witnessing, human rights education, and youth media.  View more of Peter Lucas’ work on his website.

Posted by Christine Mladic – Program Administrator at CLACS at NYU