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Film Series

Winter & Spring 2012

●Film and Discussion: El Perro del Hortelano

Date: Friday, June 1, 2012 Time: 3-5 pm    Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

 El Perro del Hortelano is a feature comedy about Brus, an indigenous artist, and his efforts to organize his community against an American oil company, Kenny Oil.  Searching for answers, Brus joins a local NGO, finding himself entangled in the subversive work of an American researcher, Angie.  As Brus explores the surreal world of volunteers and development experts, he ultimately discovers his own way of bringing strength to his community. 

El Perro del Hortelano is an international award winning example of producing innovative socially conscious films. Set in the far reaches of the Peruvian Amazon, a group of 15 international volunteers joined forced with local indigenous youth to make a film about the most pressing social and environmental conflicts in the region.

Runtime 90 minutes, Languages: Spanish & English with subtitles

Director: Renzo Zanelli, Selva Rica Project


●Discussants: Christine Hunefeldt is a professor of History at UCSD whose research focuses on the history of women, slaves, and indigenous peoples in Peru. She is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, "Environment and Law in Amazonia: A Plurilateral Encounter". Devin Beaulieu is a PhD student in Anthropology at UCSD. He played a featured role in "El Perro del Hortelano" which will be included in "Environment and Law in Amazonia".

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● Film Screening, Roundtable, Picture Exhibition 2nd Spanish Republic (1931-1936): Feelings, views and memories

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012   Time: 3-7 pm

 Place: Weaver Room in the Copley International Conference Center,

Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

April 14th is the 71st anniversary of the 2nd Spanish Republic (1931-1936).  The objective is to propose a reflection on the political, social and cultural impact of that period in the history of Spain.

3:00 PM-Film screening: La lengua de las mariposas; 1999 Spanish film directed by José Luis Cuerda. The film tells the story about one primary school in a Spanish village and the social relations during the last days of the Second Republic.  

4:30 PM-Round Table: The 2nd Republic, ¿A frustrated citizenship model? Thediscussion will be with Luis Martín-Cabrera, Professor of Literature at UCSD, Pamela Radcliff, Chair of the History Department at UCSD, and Joseba Arregui, Visiting Scholar at CILAS and former Minister of Culture of the Basque Government. The table will be moderated by Jorge Resina, a Spanish journalist and political scientist.  

 6:00 PM-Photograph and Drawing Exhibition: The Fall of the 2nd Republic. An infancy in exile.The Exhibition is provided by the UCSD Mandeville Special Collections Library.

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● Film series:“Latin America, behind the voice, behind the screen”


Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012   Time: 3-6 pm

Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Film Screening & Discussion: Che is a two-part 2008 biopic about Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. Rather than follow a standard chronological order, the films offer an oblique series of interspersed moments along the overall timeline. Part 1 is entitled The Argentine and it focuses on the Cuban revolution from the landing of Fidel Castro, Guevara, and other revolutionaries in Cuba to their successful toppling of the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Peter Buchman
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Julia Ormond, and Oscar Isaac.

The film will be shown in its original version with English subtitles. The discussion led by Dr. José Villegas, and Visiting Graduate Student Jorge Resina.

● José Villegas: A United Nations retired expert in the areas of environment and urbanization.  He was a professor in Social Sciences in different universities in the US, such as Cornell and Columbia. He specialized in Latin American Studies and he worked in several research projects. One of which was working with the deceased Fran Bonilla in the conceptualization of a future utopian project: LATINIDAD and digital globalization. His current research is about long term strategic planning methodologies for the relations of Latin America and China.

 ● Jorge Resina:  A journalist and political scientist, he is focused on social movements and political and state processes in Spain and Latin American countries. He is currently a Visiting Graduate Student at CILAS.



 ● Film series:“Latin America, behind the voice, behind the screen”

Maria Full of Grace

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 Time: 3-6 pm
Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD
Film Screening & Discussion: Maria Full of Grace (Spanish title: María llena eres de gracia). Seventeen-year-old Maria lives in a small town north of Bogotá and she works in a large rose plantation. After a quarrel with her boss, she decides to take her chances in the city where she will find a well-paid job but it will be very dangerous. Soon she begins to work as a drug mule smuggling heroin from Colombia to the US.

Director: JoshuaMarston
Writer: Joshua Marston
Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied López and Orlando Tobón
Year: 2004
The film will be shown in its original version with English subtitles. The discussion will be led by Professor David Mares.

David Mares is a professor in the Political Science Department at UCSD and the Director of CILAS. His research interests include international security, international political economy and Latin American civil-military relations, and drug policies. One of the courses offered by Professor Mares at UCSD is “The Political Economy of the Drug Trade.” He has published several books including DrugWars and Coffeehouses: The Political Economy of Drug Policy

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● Film series:“Latin America, behind the voice, behind the screen”


Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012   Time: 3-6 pm

Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,

Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Film Screening & Discussion: Even The Rain (original title-También la Lluvia) is the first screening of our film series. It represents the story of a director and his crew shooting a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The film sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years ago.They arrive in Bolivia in February and March of 2000 when real-life protests against the privatization of water rocked the nation.

Director: Icíar Bollaín

Writer: Paul Laverty  

Starring: Gael García BernalLuis Tosar and Karra Elejalde.

The film will be shown in its original version with English subtitles.

The discussion led by Professor Nancy Postero.

●Nancy Postero is a professor in the Anthropology Department at UCSD. She has focused her academic career in Bolivia, where she has done extensive field research. Currently, she is studying the effects of neoliberalism and multiculturalism in Bolivia and the new politics of the President Evo Morales. She has published Now We Are Citizens, Indigenous Politics in Postmulticultural Bolivia (Stanford University Press, 2007).

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● Film Screening

The Brazil Initiative presents a screening of the first movie of Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad), the first movie of the series Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. The screening will be followed by a round table composed by different participants and open to discussion to all CILAS, IR/PS members and UCSD communities, and will be moderated by the members of the Brazil Initiative. The discussion will focus on the political and geographical origins and development of the so-called favelas (slums). We will also address the current social violence in Brazil, as well as social and economic problems, and the dilemmas and challenges for the future of public security policies in Rio.

Film 3-5pm  Discussion 5-6pm

Date: Friday, March 2, 2012 ●Time: 3-6 pm Place: CILAS/Gildred Building-Library, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

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Fall 2011

¡Viva México!

Tuesday, October 3, 2011, 5-7 pm
Hojel Auditorium, Institute of the Americas

Documentary of Zapatistas 2006 March Across Mexico to US Border. A Film by Nicolas Defosse, presented by Daniela Contreras the film's producer.

City of Los Angeles, USA. In the heart of the city, undocumented Mexican immigrants are hunted by the police and struggle to earn a living without losing their identity. On the other side of the border, in the mountains of southeastern Mexico,  dawn arrives, hidden in mist. It is January 1st, 2006; thousands of indigenous Zapatistas prepare to say farewell to their spokesman Subcomandante Marcos. His mission: to travel across the country for the next six months to learn from the resistance of Mexican men and women who fight for a better Mexico.So begins a journey that plans to reach the border with the United States, at the other end of the country...

From Chiapas to Quintana Roo, from Yucatan to Oaxaca, from Nayarit to Colima, from Michoacan to Guerrero, from the State of Mexico to the heart of the country and the enormous metropolis known as Mexico City, we follow the steps of this journey that traces the face of the "other" Mexico, made up of the humble and simple people, a face much different from the one TV shows us every day. It is a journey that dares to “start building the image of the people we really are.”  as expressed by Subcomandante Marcos.

This challenge is not without risks… by uncovering Mexico’s dignified and rebellious face, irrigating the seeds of rebellion and solidarity of an entire country, this journey is a provocation against those who control the country's economy and it's image. What starts as an isolated murmur will become a clamor of hundreds of thousands of voices, ¡Viva Mexico! How will those in power respond?


Spring 2011

Water Rights in Amazonia

Monday, March 28, 2011, 4-5:30 pm

Weaver Room, Institute of the Americas

Introduction by Laura Graham


Spring 2010

Günter Schwaiger: El Paraiso de Hafner / Hafner’s Paradise (Spain/Austria, 2007)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 4pm
Hojel Hall of the Americas Auditorium, Institute of the Americas
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Introduction by Luis Martin-Cabrera. Discussion to follow, facilitated by Fatima El-Tayeb

Günter Schwaiger, director, will be on campus to personally present Hafner’s Paradise, a journey through the hidden world of Nazis in Spain, culminating with a historic confrontation between victim and executioner. The protagonist, Paul María Hafner, is a former Waffen-SS Nazi official and friend of the notorious war criminal León Degrelle. After completing a short sentence immediately following WWII, Hafner migrated to Spain where he continues to live comfortably, protected from the scrutiny of international justice. He maintains close contact with people who are wanted or who have been convicted in other countries because of their anti-Semitic actions and declarations, or because they have denied the existence of the Holocaust. As the film progresses, Hafner draws us into his dark and grotesque world, although not devoid of humor and irony, until, at its crucial point, he comes face-to-face with the well known ex-member of the International Brigades Hans Landauer, a survivor from the Dachau concentration camp. Both were there on April 20, 1945, Hitler's birthday, Hafner as SS officer and Landauer as prisoner.

Fall 2009

Sleep Dealer + Short Film Montage

Border perspectives

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 8 pm
The Loft, UC San Diego Campus

Set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor, and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology. The program also includes a selection of short films by director Alex Rivera that address border issues. [2008, Mexico/USA, 90 min.]

Pre-Flix Mix with director, Alex Rivera! [7 - 8 pm]
For a complete sensory experience, film lovers can now show up early at The Loft to listen to music, mingle, and indulge in Zanzibar’s bites and beverages.

ArtTalks! [Post-Screening]
Post-screening conversation moderated by UCSD graduate student Eduardo Navas in the department of Art and Media History. The panel includes Alex Rivera (Director), Marisa Abrajano (Assistant Professor of Political Science, UCSD), and Teddy Cruz (Associate Professor in public culture and urbanism, Department of Visual Arts, UCSD).

For more information, visit ArtPower!

Spring 2009

Against the Grain: An Artist's Survival Guide to Peru - A film by Ann Kaneko

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Hojel Auditorium, IOA Complex, UCSD
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Spanning two decades of corrupt governments and inept leaders, this film tells the story of four inspiring artists: Claudio Jiménez Quispe flees his home in Ayacucho because of insurgency with the Shining Path, a Maoist rebel group. He chronicles this violence in his retablos, traditional wooden display boxes. Alfredo Márquez , active in the 1980s underground punk scene, produces bold, political images despite four years of unjust imprisonment. With the downfall of former president Alberto Fujimori, critics targeted Japanese Peruvians like Eduardo Tokeshi , yet he reaffirms his identity through a series of red and white Peruvian flags. Natalia Iguíñiz provokes the Catholic Church and the socially conservative middle class with controversial images that challenge gender and class. Each artist teaches us what it means to persevere and make art in a country like Perú.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies and the Visual Arts Department