Macquarie University and the Sydney Latin American Film Festival present…
Human Rights in Latin American Film Event
Where: Macquarie University, Building Y3A
When:Saturday 18th October 2014, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Entry by donation
The Sydney Latin American Film Festival and Macquarie University are once again, and for a sixth consecutive year, joining 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 one of the most pressing issues facing Latin American Indigenous and rural communities: displacement, cultural isolation and land rights disputes.
The event provides a platform and space for all voices regarding Latin America including the marginalised, vulnerable, impoverished and the alternative.
The event will kick off with drinks and nibbles, and will be followed by the screening of No Moving Forward (Hasta ahi te mueves). The documentary will specifically and closely examine the devastating effects neglected Mexican rural populations are facing under new governmental directives of building so-called ‘Rural Cities’; forcing a significant decline in the participation of their cultural traditions and practices, as well as their engagement with their customary way of living and cultural heritage.
No Moving Beyond (Hasta ahí te mueves)
Documentary | Mexico/Argentina | Dir. Mariela Zunino | 2012 | 54 min | Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: All around the state of Chiapas artificial cities are being built in the name of combating poverty. The sight of hundreds of colourful houses, one next to each other, contrasts the rural landscape where they are erected. “Rural Sustainable Cities” is a government-funded program, which claims to “provide all necessary services” to the Chiapas population: decent housing, full employment, health and education. Progress and modernity are being flagged as an exemplary way forward, yet they are infringing upon Indigenous and traditional ways of living and being.
The night will provide a deeper insight into understanding the complexities of these issues faced in the ‘Rural Cities’ through a post screening discussion panel led by Associate Professor Estela Valverde, Acting Head of Department of International Studies at Macquarie University, as well as Dr Jane Hanley. The event is also welcoming a special international guest, Professor Rodolfo García Zamora from the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico. Mr Garcia Zamora has a Doctorate in Economics and also a member of the National Research body in Mexico. Professor Rodolfo is a distinguished international speaker and will apply a more personal voice to account for these rural populations. He has been recognised for advisory roles on migration policy as well as remittance processes from Mexican immigrants. He has written and coordinating a number of publications and has contributed to the International Commerce, which will further engage the audience and other distinguished speakers.
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 Fairlight and beverages. These food and drink beverages will be offered before the film commences to inspire and transport you into the delicious world of Latin America. There will also be live Latin American music and performance by “Los Cuervos”, playing traditional Mexican music, which will play after the panel discussion.
The Event will deliver a multi-lingual platform by ensuring that all films screened include English subtitles, and will leverage on the universities strengths to generate synergies with other groups and organisations, including students.
This will truly be a remarkable and thought-provoking event which will please all the senses! 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!
Event date: Saturday 18 October, 2013
Place: Building Y3A, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW
Cost: By donation
Contact: Laura Luna
Telephone: 0411 328 063
Transport: Macquarie University Railway Station or Epping Road bus services. Parking is free near Y3A. Please follow the on-campus signs.