Human Rights In Latin America Film Event

By October 13, 2014 Events
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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 Ahí Te Mueves).  The documentary will specifically and closely examine the devastating effects neglected Mexican indigenous populations face under new governmental directives to build so-called ‘rural cities’, forcing a significant decline in the participation of their cultural traditions and practices, as well as 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 next to each other, contrasts with the rural landscape in which they’ve been built.  ‘Rural Sustainable Cities’ is a government-funded program, which claims to ‘provide all necessary servicesi 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.

Panel Discussion: The night will provide a deeper insight into the complexities of the issues faced in these ‘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 from the same Department and a representative of the Department of Indigenous Studies.  The event will also welcome a special international guest, Professor Rodolfo García Zamora from the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, México. Professor García Zamora has a Doctorate in Economics and is a member of the National Research body in Mexico. He is a distinguished international speaker and will reflect upon this government project and its consequences for the Indigenous population.  He and the other distinguished speakers will engage the audience by drawing parallels with similar problems faced by Aboriginal population.

Delicious Latin American-inspired food and drinks will be available, supplied by Lion D’or Latin American Bakery in Fairfield.. After the panel discussion, there will also be live Latin American music by Los Cuervos.

This will be a truly remarkable and thought-provoking event that satisfies all the senses!

Where: Macquarie University, Building Y3A
Date: Saturday 18 October 2014
Time: 5:30pm–10:30pm
Place: Building Y3A, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW
Cost: By donation

For more information please contact:  Laura Luna  |  0411 328 063  |