April 5, 2010

Latin American Studies Program presents three-day film festival

The Program in Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins will present a three-day film series, Weaving Lives: Documenting Inequalities in the Global World, this week on the Homewood campus.

A keynote address by Saskia Sassen, the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, will open the series at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, in 111 Mergenthaler Hall. Sassen’s lecture is titled “A Savage Sorting of Winners and Losers.”

The films on Friday, April 9, begin at 1 p.m., when The Globalization Tapes by the Independent Plantation Workers’ Union of Sumatra will be screened in 111 Mergenthaler Hall. At 4 p.m., Morristown: In the Air and Sun by Anne Lewis will be shown in the Muller Building auditorium. Sand and Sorrow by Paul Freedman will be shown at 7 p.m., also in the Muller Building auditorium.

On Saturday, April 10, Black Water by Allen Moore will be shown in the Muller Building auditorium at 9:30 a.m., followed at 10:30 a.m. by Violence Next Door: Growing Up in the Favela and the Hood. A roundtable discussion titled “Documentaries and Social Change” will conclude the series at 1 p.m. in the Muller Building’s Azafrán Conference Room. Directors of some of the featured films will join the moderator, Bernadette Wegenstein, an associate research professor in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins.

The series is co-sponsored by the International Studies Program, the Center for Africana Studies and the Program in Film and Media Studies. For more information, contact Latin American Studies at 410-516-5488.