"Women Make Movies" series tackles Latin American issue

Author: Arts and Letters

Several lauded Latin American documentary filmmakers will present their films at the University of Notre Dame this fall in the Kellogg Institute of International Studies series “Women Make Movies: A Latin American Perspective.”

The six movies, to be shown through November, will explore the work of women filmmakers who have sought to understand political and social justice issues facing Latin America. All films will be shown in the Hesburgh Center auditorium beginning at 8p.m.

The series opens Sept. 14 (Wednesday) with “War Takes,” in which Colombian filmmakers Adelaida Trujillo and Patricia Castao turn the cameras on themselves to portray the tough realities of civil life in their war-ravaged homeland.

Others films in the series are:

  • “La Cueca Sola,” Sept. 28 – Critically acclaimed filmmaker Marilu Mallet tells of five Chilean women who suffered under dictatorial rule and have emerged as heroines under democracy. Mallet will introduce the film and answer questions after the documentary.
  • “The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt,” Oct. 5 – The film by Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes tells the story of the family of Ingrid Betancourt, a Colombian senator and activist, and their quest to free her to keep her campaign alive. Bruce and Hayes will be on campus to introduce the film and answer questions.
  • “I Wonder What You Will Remember of September,” Oct. 12 – Cecilia Cornejo presents a haunting personal response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, informed and complicated by her position as a Chilean citizen living in the United States. Cornejo will answer questions after the screening.
  • “Thunder in Guyana,” Nov. 2 – Suzanne Wasserman’s tale of Janet Rosenberg, a young woman from Chicago who married Guyanese activist Cheddi Jagan and set off for the British colony to start a socialist revolution.
  • “The Blonds,” Nov. 16 – Albertina Carri, who lost her parents to the brutal military junta in Argentina, travels through Buenos Aires to unravel the factual and emotional mysteries of her parents’ lives, disappearances and deaths.

The series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Kellogg Institute, Gender Studies Program, International Student Services, Institute for Latino Studies, and Department of Film, Television and Theatre.

Originally published by Dennis Brown,Gail Hinchion Mancini,& Kelly Roberts at newsinfo.nd.edu on September 06, 2005.