Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Free Community Cinema Screening
The Graduates/Los Graduados by Bernardo Ruiz

Thurs. October 17, 2013 7-8:30 PM

Soka Univeristy
Pauling 216

Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States in this eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing bot the students, their families, educators and community leaders.

The Independent Television Service (ITVS), PBS SoCal (KOCE-TV) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the fifth year of the Community Cinema series. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of six documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Community Cinema, in partnership with Soka University’s Humanities Program and Student Affairs, screens films from October through May.

After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with community-based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and community learn more about the issues and get involved. Faculty members are encouraged to incorporate these films in their class curricula.

For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit: communitycinema.org

Panelists: Professor James Spady, Soka University of America, Carolyn Torres--MA from California State University Long Beach (Chicano Studies) political activist (Dream Act) Jesus Cortez.

GuestsValley View High School Students and Staff (50+ participants)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Latin American Studies Conference: Democracy & Memory (Chicago, IL)

LASA Abstract
Forensic anthropology and documentary film: genocide, material evidence and the work of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF)

In the aftermath of the genocides in Argentina, Chile and Guatemala, filmmakers began documenting the work of forensic anthropologists, who were instrumental in the identification of remains often found in mass graves. The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense, EAAF), an organization that from its inception functioned independently from the national government, promptly became responsible for carrying out the exhumations ordered by judges, working closely with the families of the disappeared. In this presentation, I will analyze a number of films from these three countries that document the delicate work of forensic anthropologists and delineate the social and political repercussions of exhuming victims of human rights abuses. These films are also valuable as material evidence, inasmuch as they they reveal the particulars of genocidal crimes. A few of the films under consideration will be: Granito (Yates, 2011), ¿Fernando ha vuelto a desaparecer? (Caiozzi, 2006), El último confín (Ratto 2006), Organizaciones Horizontales (Quattrini, 2003), Fernando ha vuelto (Caiozzi, 1998), and Following Antigone: Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights Investigations (Doretti, Aho, 2005), a documentary produced by the EAAF.