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Film series examines Caribbean diasporas

Author: Arts and Letters


The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame continues its “Caribbean Diasporas” spring film series at 7p.m. Feb. 14 (Thursday) in 126 DeBartolo Hall with “La Rue Cases Ngres: Sugar Cane Alley.”

Alison Rice, assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures, will serve as a guest speaker for the film about a boy born into the underclass of sugar cane cutters in rural mid-20th century Martinique.

The remainder of the series, which explores the histories, transnationalist orientations and practices of people from Barbados, Belize, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique and Puerto Rico, is as follows. All films will be screened on Thursdays from 7 to 9p.m. in 126 DeBartolo, unless otherwise noted.

Feb. 28 “Legacy of the Spirits” portrays Haitian immigrants’ religious practices in New York, which inspire non-Haitians to join them, and “Haitian Song,” provides an intimate portrait of life in a small Haitian village, with guest speaker Karen Richman, a cultural anthropologist and director of the Center for Migration and Border Studies in the ILS.

March 13 “Africa Unite,” a new documentary about the 2005 Africa Unite concert in memory of Bob Marley, with guest speaker Mark Hauser, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, who researches the archaeology of the African Diaspora in the Atlantic World (to be shown in 102 DeBartolo).

March 27 “Balseros” (Boat People), traces what happened to a group of Cubans who risked their lives to reach Miami and attempted to begin new lives, with guest speakers Cecilia Vaisman and Gary Marx, former journalists and visiting fellows at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, who lived for five years in Havana and witnessed extraordinary events.

April 10 “My American Girls” captures a year in the lives of a family of first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic (guest speaker Karen Richman).

April 24 “Mi Puerto Rico,” a documentary about Puerto Rico’s history and colonization explored through one family’s legacy, with guest speaker Marisel Moreno-Anderson, assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures.

The film series is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute, Gender Studies Program, Department of American Studies, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning.

Contact: Tom Davis, events coordinator, Institute for Latino Studies,

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on February 07, 2008.