Human Rights in Latin America Film Event
Where: Building Y3A, Theatre 1, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW
When: Saturday 24th October 2015, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Entry by donation
For the 7th consecutive year, SLAFF and Macquarie University have joined forces to raise awareness about powerful human rights issues facing Latin America.
The Human Rights in Latin America Film Event will use film and public discourse to explore pressing issues of corruption and crime in Latin America, specifically in Guatemala where almost 98% of murders go unsolved.
The event will kick off with drinks, nibbles and a dance performance, and will be followed by the screening of I will be Murdered (Seré asesinado). Told as a thriller, this feature length documentary is about possibly the most extraordinary murder and political conspiracy in the history of this country. Its multiple twists and deep insights into the motivations of the main characters play out against a background of extreme violence and corruption in Guatemala.
I will be Murdered (Seré asesinado)
Feature documentary | Guatemala | Dir. Justin Webster | 2013 | 91 mins | English/Spanish with English subtitles
In May 2009, Rodrigo Rosenberg, a wealthy, charismatic lawyer went cycling near his home in Guatemala City and was murdered. Nothing unusual there: Guatemala has a murder rate four times higher than Mexico’s, worse in fact than for Iraq’s civilians during the war.
What was extraordinary is that Rosenberg knew, for certain, he was about to be killed.
Rosenberg’s lover had been murdered a few weeks before. He was driven to investigate the case too deep for the government’s liking. http://www.sydneylatinofilmfestival.org/human-rights-in-latam/A video he recorded days before he died accused the president of his murder.Uploaded to YouTube, it nearly brought down the government.
There began a brilliant investigation, a journey into Rosenberg’s soul and Guatemala’s hell, which after multiple twists and turns, reached a stunning conclusion.
The night will provide a deeper insight into understanding the complexities of corruption in Guatemala through a post screening discussion panel led by Associate Professor Estela Valverde, Head of the Department of International Studies at Macquarie University, who will be joined by:
- Professor Michael Humphrey, from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Sydney University.
- Dr. Rodrigo Acuña, an Associate Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Macquarie University.
- Mr. Victor Hugo Muñoz, a strong social justice advocate who for the past 29 years has worked tirelessly to defend human rights.
The panel discussion will provide a thought provoking, stimulating and engaging commentary to create a bridge establishing a two-way discourse between the audience, the panel and the Human Rights issues addressed in the film.
The event will also provide Latin American inspired food supplied by Lion D’or Latin American Bakery in Fairfield and beverages kindly donated by the Consulate of Uruguay.
A dance performance will be presented by Sendas Salvadoreñas along with a special live performance by “Karu Allpa”.
On behalf of SLAFF and Macquarie University, we would once again like to extend an invitation to all those who have an interest in Latin American cultures, societies and traditions as well as the issues behind infringements on human rights on an international scale. It will be a night not to be missed.
Date: Saturday 24 October, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Place: Building Y3A, Theatre 1, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW
Cost: By donation
For more information, images, and interviews: Vicki Gutierrez | 0435 558 541 | email@example.com
RSVP essential through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/948142495292616/
Transport:Macquarie University Railway Station or Epping Road bus services.
Parking is free near building Y3A. Please follow the on-campus signs.
Take a look at last year’s photos here!