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Chapter 11 - Cultural resistance

Colombia: Cali’s community libraries

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In summer 2021, a three-month national strike against Ivan Duque's right-wing government proved a remarkable time for movement-building and social change. Silvia reports on the libraries constructed by and for local communities in Cali during this period.

Brazil: a gift of honey

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At the Monument to 500 Years of Resistance by the Indigneous Peoples of Brazil, Braga, a Pataxó chief, imagines a gift of honey for senators as they debate PL490, which threatens indigenous land rights. It is a gift 'to disarm the media, touch the people, enchant the world'.

No quiet evening in Chile

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LAB editor Emily Gregg reports from Concepción Chile on the historic night of Gabriel Boric' election victor

International Festival of Human Rights Films

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Miradas Diversas is the International Festival of Cinema about Human Rights, being held in Caracas, Venezuela, from 2-12 December 2021. Entries include Lat Libertad no Tiene Fronteras, a documentary short by LAB partner Ojos Ilegales

Voices of Latin America Webinar Series: A Celebration of Cultural Resistance

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The Latin America Bureau (LAB) invites you to the fourth and final instalment of our Voices of Latin America webinar series: A Celebration of Cultural Resistance.

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.

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.

‘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.

My Beloved Barrios Altos

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LAB's film curator Karoline Pelikan is joined by Peruvian director Jimmy Valdivieso to discuss his latest film My Beloved Barrios Altos.

Arte para no morir: artists support protests in Colombia

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In response to and support of nationwide protests across Colombia, artists of all trades have joined in protest through creative expression. Adapted from an article for LAB's partner, Sounds and Colours, here are some of the ways art is enriching the protests, contextualising demands and unifying Colombians.

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