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Latin American Studies Film Series at Johns Hopkins University

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
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March 23, 2010
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acl@jhu.edu

The Program in Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University will present a free film series, “Weaving Lives: Documenting Inequalities in the Global World,” Thursday, April 8 through Saturday, April 10, in two Homewood campus venues: Steven Muller Building/Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Dr., and in Mergenthaler Hall, 3400 N. Charles St.

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 Mergenthaler Hall, Room 111. Sassen’s lecture is titled, “A Savage Sorting of Winners and Losers.”

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

On Saturday, April 10, Black Water by Allen Moore will be shown in the auditorium at the Muller Building 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 concluded the series at 1 p.m. in the Azafrán Conference Room in the Muller Building. Directors of some of the featured films will be in attendance with a 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 Department, The Center for Africana Studies and The Program for Film and Media Studies. For more information, contact the Program in Latin American Studies at 410 516-5488, plas@jhu.edu, or visit http://www.jhu.edu/plas .

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