On February 3rd, CLACS began its Spring programing with the event Boyhood and Masculinity in Contemporary Guyanese Film. The event co-sponsored by the Department of Art & Public Policy at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, featured screenings of Gavin Ramoutar’s short film, Antiman, as well as Mason Richards’ short film The Seawall.
In Ramoutar’s Antiman, an introverted young teen navigates the pressure by his father to become a cricket player. While he must prove his masculinity, he privately reconciles his love for an older boy while living in a homophobic village in a Guyanese countryside. In Richards’ The Seawall, ten year-old Malachi prepares to leave the capital city of Georgetown, Guyana and his beloved grandmother for the United States. As he wrestles with the impending rupture from his motherland, the film examines how migration, felt and lived through a child’s experiences, fragments a family.
The screenings were followed by an insightful conversation on the issues of boyhood, masculinity, and migration, within the Guyanese and Caribbean diaspora with Mason and Ramoutar, and Dr. Sheril Antonio who is Associate Arts Professor in the department of Art and Public Policy and the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The event was organized in partnership with Grace Aneiza Ali, who also moderated the conversation.
Click here to Watch a video recap of this event.
From June 17th to the 19th the Quechua/Kichwa film showcase May Sumak! (How Beautiful!) is going on the road to Washington, D.C. The showcase is a celebration of indigenous and community filmmaking in the Quechua languages spoken throughout the Andes and by immigrants in the United States. Created in 2015 by the CLACS student-led Runasimi Outreach Committee (ROC), May Sumak! will be part of the National Museum of the American Indian’s ongoing exhibition The Great Inka Road. The opening night will feature the film Killa and Q&A with its director Ecuadorian filmmaker Alberto Muenala. This conversation will be hosted by CLACS alum and former ROC member Charlie Uruchima. Click here for more details on the films, show times and venues.
Yesterday the CLACS 2014-2015 cohort presented their final projects of the Masters’ program. With the guidance and support of the Faculty, the students presented on a vast array of disciplines, from anthropology and journalism to literature and museology, providing an innovative look at topics related to Latin American and Caribbean Studies with impressive depth. Their research covered topics such as Quechua linguistics, gentrification in Ecuador, hipster culture in Cuba, the Palestinian migrant experience in Honduras, Afro-Mexican identity, diasporic Guatemalan literature, Chinese commerce in indigenous territories in Central America, among others. For the complete list of research projects, click here.
We are very proud of their accomplishments, and wish them all the best on what we are sure will be a successful future!
On Thursday, December 17 at 6:30pm, CLACS will be hosting the last screening of the Fall 2015 Indocumentales Series. This semester’s series will close with a “broche de oro,” as we will be presenting La Jaula de Oro. This film by director Diego Quemada-Diez has won an impressive array of awards, accolades, and distinctions.
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With over 80 awards, including for Best Film and Best Director at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and for Best New Director at the Chicago Film Festival, La Jaula de Oro became the most internationally awarded Mexican film in history. The film swept the 56th edition of the Ariel Awards–Mexico’s national cinema honors–receiving nine awards including for Best Picture, Debut Feature, Original Screenplay, Actor (Brandon López) and supporting actor (Rodolfo Domínguez).
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.
Location: 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
Festival in Leticia, circa 1945 - Photo courtesy archival holdings at the Biblioteca Publica del Banco de la Republica in Leticia
Sarah Sarzynski is a CLACS Associated Professor Faculty Fellow, and began teaching at CLACS in fall 2010. She brings an eclectic and rigorous teaching style to the CLACS M.A. program, and is responsible for the Introduction to Latin American Studies core class, which explores the colonial history of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Sarzynski’s academic research focuses on visual culture and Brazil. Her dissertation focused on rural social movements in northeastern Brazil during the cold war. Sarzynski investigated how agrarian social movements in the region coincided with a historic moment – specifically, the 1959 Cuban Revolution – which caused these social movements to be influenced by cold war politics. She also looks at the dialectical relationship between cultural production, social activism and identity formation created by these political circumstances.
Puerto Nariño, Colombia - Photo courtesy Sarah Sarzynski
Most recently, Sarzynski has been doing research on the “Tres Fronteras” region in the Amazon, a point where Brazil, Peru and Colombia meet. According to Sarzynksi, this region is incredibly diverse and marked by both a conceptual fluidity in national identity, and a physical fluidity of transportation via the Amazon River. Because of these same characteristics, the area is also rife with issues such as drug and human trafficking. But, since it is the meeting point between 3 countries, it is also a particularly interesting area in which to study representations of transnational identities.
Peter 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.
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
CLACS is excited to participate as a co-organizer for a film series titled “Indocumentales / Undocumentaries: The US-Mexico Interdependent Film Series.” In collaboration with Cinema Tropical and what moves you?, CLACS will the series aims to broaden the scope of the discussion around immigration, opening up dialogue on related themes, providing additional teaching resources to interested organizations and schools, and incorporating diverse voices in this discussion. The series is will first open in New York City, and will soon travel to destinations across the United States.
Visit the Indocumentales website
Read a blog entry about a recent screening posted by Alison Bowen, CLACS GloJo alum, posted on the Latin American News Dispatch (LAND)