Monthly Archives: November 2010

CENTRAL AMERICA: BROKEN DEMOCRACIES?

LLILAS Speaker Series presents
The Culture of Violence in El Salvador
Carlos Dada, Founder and director of El Faro, Latin America’s first digital “newspaper

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
3:30 PM
Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

UT-Austin

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Carlos Dada is the founder and director of El Faro, Latin America’s first digital “newspaper.” He has reported from various conflict zones including Iraq, Venezuela, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras and his work has been published throughout Latin America, the United States, Bosnia, and Spain. Earlier this year, he was honored with the 2010 LASA Media Award.

For more information,
contact Paloma Diaz at p.diaz@austin.utexas.edu or 232-2415.

Nov. 11 Screening: “No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance”

Next Thursday, November 11, there will be a free screening of No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance, followed by Q&A with director Melissa Eidson. The event, co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), will be held at Mezes Auditorium (MEZ 1.306) at 7PM; after the event there will be a reception in the Spanish and Portuguese departmental lounge (BEN 2.102).

In this important new documentary, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus guides us through the stories of three Maya women from Chiapas, explaining how Microfinance has become a strong source of change and empowerment in their lives.

No Son Invisibles has recently screened at a number of festivals, including the Guadalajara Film Festival, the Torino and Roma Film Festivals, and the Seattle Latino Film Festival. Eidson’s previous film, El barrio, screened at Cannes and won Best International Documentary Award at the 2006 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

Nov. 8: Film screening Onibus 174 to launch Brazil Week

Date: Monday, November 8
Place: Utopia Theatre, SSW 2.106
Time: 2:00 PM

The Brazil Center and LILAS will be screening Onibus 174, by Jose Padilha, as the opening event for Brazil Week 2010. This is a great opportunity to see a polemic Brazilian documentary. In June 12th 2000, the kidnapping of the bus number 174 in Rio de Janeiro became a national event. It was registered alive by Brazilian television and mobilized governmental entities and public opinion. The documentary contextualizes this event by working out the image of the young kidnapper, Sandro do Nascimento, through reports and television archive scenes. Sandro was born in a favela and grow up in Rio’s streets. This micro-history is linked with a larger one: the Brazilian history of crime, violence and child marginality. The film questions whether Sandro, as thousands of abandoned minors, is the offender or the victim. The images captured by the TV channel are connected with the life history of the kidnapper and his marginal relationship with the city of Rio. The documentary is an invitation to rethink a disturbing dilemma of our time: to what degree does the alive presence of media reveals the fact or instead produces it? What was initially a robbery turned out to become a kidnapping and finally a huge spectacle enacted by Sandro to the cameras.
After the film there will be a discussion with an SSW professor and three Brazilian professors from very distinct regions as participants. (The film is in Portuguese and has English subtitles.