Thursday, August 18, 2022

Culture, Music, Film, Photography

Is Mexico City’s police force as bad as its reputation?

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Alonso Ruizpalacios’ latest feature film 'A Cop Movie' defies expectations about the Mexico City Police and gets to the core of the force’s role in society.  

Creativity is vital in environmental research

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The key question of the day was how creativity, imagination and play can help researchers both to carry out and communicate environmental research to the public. How, we asked, can collaborations between researchers and artists deepen our understanding of today’s ecological challenges?

Río Turbio: women marginalised by the mine

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Shady River (Río Turbio), named after the mining town in northwest Argentina in which it is set, explores the gendered space of the mine, giving voice to a collective of marginalised women and shedding light on the tragedies that haunt the town of Río Turbio. 

Stepping softly on the earth

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A new film from Marcos Colón interviews indigenous leaders from across the Amazon whose thinking could transform our world as modern extraction and exploitation tip us further towards chaos and the destruction of the planet

La Población: an album for a shanty town

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Victor Jara's 1982 album told the story of the población Herminda de la Victoria. It will be celebrated at this year's El Sueño Existe festival (on Zoom from Machynlleth, Wales). Malcolm Boorer tells the story behind the album.

CASA Latin American Arts Festival 2021

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After a Covid-mandated hiatus in 2020, CASA Festival returns for the whole month of September, to celebrate connection through a programme of exhibition, installation, performance and film.

Colombian artists reflect on rural violence and memory in short film

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The short film is intended as an expression of solidarity with the current strike and its title, Desolvido, translates as ‘unforgetting’; evoking a desire not to forget past moments of beauty even in the face of a violent present.

Andujar’s photos fight for the Yanomami

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Now aged 90, photographer Claudia Andujar remains deeply concerned for the Yanomami people with whom she says she “totally identified,” noting that the present threat of illegal mining in Indigenous territories is doing far more harm than the government-driven road projects of the 1970s. Andujar’s years of work and life with the Yanomami are now chronicled in a major photo exhibition at London’s Barbican Centre through Aug. 29.

Brazil’s Uru-eu-wau-wau document COVID-19 victory with new video

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The Uru-eu-wau-wau in Rondônia state sealed off their territory in March 2020. In a new video, they narrate how they survived the pandemic for more than a year with no major cases.

‘Sex work’ in Colombia: the other side of the coin

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The challenges of creating a collaborative mural in Bogota to represent the perspective of women forced into prostitution by the armed conflict.

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