Monday, October 21, 2013

SYMPOSIUM ON LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA STUDIES TODAY- THEORY AND PRACTICE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
YOUNG RESEARCH LIBRARY CONFERENCE CENTER
280 Charles E. Young Drive North

This event will be followed by a 5:30 p.m. film screening of DOG FLESH (Fernando Guzzoni, Chile, 2013) in ROYCE HALL 314 F, 340 Royce Drive.


We invite your participation in a symposium at UCLA designed to discuss and debate a diversity of approaches to the topic of Latin American cinema studies today. Latin American cinema studies have grown enormously in volume and quality the last few years. The field has produced conferences, essays and books, and specialized study groups dedicated to research in Latin American cinematographic representations. From comparative to national cinematography studies, from the studies of cinematographic to the gendered genres, from formal studies to historical ones, from theoretical studies to explorations of film distribution markets, among other areas of concentration, Latin American cinema is now debated widely around the world. 

DOG FLESH (courtesy of FIGA films)
Participants:

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson (Soka University of America, Latin American Perspectives)
Dr. Javier Campo (CONICET, UNICEN, Argentina)
Dr. Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli (Soka University of America, Latin American Perspectives)
Daniel Cooper (UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese)
Dr. Randal Johnson, interim Vice Provost for International Studies at UCLA and distinguished film scholar
Alex Garcia, FiGa films
Dr. Laura Isabel Serna, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies, USC.

*This event is co-sponsored by Latin American Perspectives (SAGE publications) and the Center for Argentina, Chile and the Southern Cone at UCLA.

With Alex Garcia, FiGa Films

Los Graduados

Soka University Community Cinema had a successful turn out for our screening of 
The Graduates/Los Graduados


Valley High School Students and Faculty from Santa Ana, CA
Professor James Spady facilitating discussion after the film 

Fulfilling Community Needs

This was intended for the younger audience, the low income Latinos in Orange County. We had 50 high school students from Santa Ana come out and participate. We also had 2 guest panelists with CSU degrees who grew up in a low-income, latina family whose parents were illegal immigrants from Mexico so this dynamic helped with the discussion after the screening. We had about 20 Univeristy students, and about 10 more faculty and/or community members in attendence.


The Power of Why

Our approach was to have the guest panelists facilitate a discussion among the students and community members that would bring awareness about Latinos and Latino culture in America... we wanted people to see how they struggle so that they could better understand how poverty and immigration issues effect their standards on education and the family, ect.


Impact & Action

The high school students really voiced their opinions about staying in school and the importance of education. They heard a first hand account of the struggle of one of the panelists to obtain her drivers license and college degree because she had citizenship issues. The film was very relatable for a lot of these kids and I think it motivated them to stick together as a community of students at their school because they expressed how they knew that their school gets a bad repuatation around their community due to it beinf predominately Lations and less priveldged students.


The conversation

This event had a lot of audience participation, it was a great success. Once the high school students were probed a bit more about the film and their thoughts on education and "being Latino," they weren't shy to talk about their experiences. One young man told everyone how their school is like a family, and he shared how he dropped out of high school in 10th grade because he felt the need to work, but he was urged by his classmates to return to school. He touched a lot of people with his honesty and showed just how successful a student can be no matter what struggles they face or what demographic they fit, as long as they have "teachers who care and wan to see us graduate, then we want to be at school and go to college" one boy also said.


Presentacion de Javier Campo en Soka University of America