NWWS Documentary Film Premiere “Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey,” directed by Lynn Stephen

May 6, 2016
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

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Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

5th annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

“Crossing Borders: Women’s Stories of Immigration, Migration, and Transition,” May 6 – 7, 2016

Documentary Film Premiere: 12-1 p.m. “Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey,” followed by Q&A with the director. 

Directed by Lynn Stephen, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon and co-director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). Produced by Sonia De La Cruz and Lynn Stephen.

Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey explores the differential rights that U.S. citizen children and their undocumented parents have through the story of one extended Zapotec family. Shot in Oregon and Oaxaca, Mexico, and narrated by 11-year old Cinthya, the film follows Cinthya’s trip to her parent’s home community of Teotitlán del Valle with her godmother, anthropologist Lynn Stephen. There she meets her extended family and discovers her indigenous Zapotec and Mexican roots. While in Oaxaca, she participates in her community’s annual celebration of their patron saint, learns how to make chocolate and spin wool, explores a Zapotec archaeological site, and shares in a family party where she dances with her great-grandmother. Her absent parents are omnipresent on the trip as Cinthya’s cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents all talk to her about them and how they wish for their return. › Continue reading

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Spring Film Series. Ayotzinapa: Crónica de un crimen de estado | Latin American Studies

May 4, 2016
5:00 pmto6:30 pm

Source: Spring Film Series. Ayotzinapa: Crónica de un crimen de estado | Latin American Studies

Film Viewing: Ayotzinapa: Crónica de un crimen de estado

Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of a Crime of State is the story of the forced disappearance of 43 student teachers, which exposes the criminal complicity between the police and military authorities, and the political and economic elite of Mexico. TRT 101 minutes.

May 4th, 2016 5:00 p.m. Straub 156

Film to be followed by a round table with Anabel López Salinas (CLLAS Postdoctoral Fellow), Erin Gallo (PhD candidate in Romance Languages), Eduardo Corona (Center for Intercultural Organizing, Washington County), Pedro García-Caro (Director, Latin American Studies Program).

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Screening of ‘No Más Bebés’ & producer talk on the coerced sterilization of Mexican American women

June 2, 2016
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

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1215 E. 13th
UO campus

No Más Bebés tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

See the film’s trailer here:

Marginalized and fearful, many of these mothers spoke no English, and charged that they had been coerced into tubal ligation — having their tubes tied — by doctors during the late stages of labor. Often the procedure was performed after asking the mothers under duress. The mothers’ cause was eventually taken up by a young Chicana lawyer armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing doctor. In their landmark 1975 civil rights lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, they argued that a woman’s right to bear a child is guaranteed under the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

The filmmakers spent five years tracking down sterilized mothers and witnesses. Most were reluctant at first to come forward, but ultimately agreed to tell their story. Set against a debate over the impact of Latino immigration and overpopulation, and the birth of a movement for Chicana rights and reproductive choice, No Más Bebés revisits a powerful story that still resonates today. The film was released in 2014 and debuted on PBS in February 2015. › Continue reading

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Documentary Screening: Keep Your Eyes on Guatemala, produced and directed by Gabriela Martínez Escobar

May 18, 2016
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

DVD_Guatemala_WEBStraub 156
2451 Onyx
UO campus

Documentary Screening: Keep Your Eyes on Guatemala, produced and directed by Gabriela Martínez Escobar

Keep Your Eyes on Guatemala tells the story of Guatemala’s National Police Historical Archive intertwined with narratives of past human rights abuses and the dramatic effects they had on specific individuals and the nation as a whole. In addition, it highlights present-day efforts to preserve collective memories and bring justice and reconciliation to the country. TRT 54 min.

Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, History, Global Justice Program, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Crossings Institute.

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A showing of the film “Dream: An American Story”

November 11, 2014
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

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Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.
University of Oregon

A Powerful New Film on Immigration Justice, Dreamers and the Dream Act Today!

Followed by a discussion with internationally award-winning director Aldo Bello, along with immigration justice scholars, dreamers and Latina and Latino community members. 

All are welcome. For More Information Contact Professor Daniel Miller at

Cosponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

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Brazilian Video Documentary: two lectures by visiting scholar Prof. Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho

November 17, 2014
6:00 pmto7:00 pm
November 19, 2014
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Sobrinho_poster_WEB221 Allen Hall
1020 University St.
UO campus

The Latin American Studies program sponsors Brazilian scholar Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho for two lectures on November 17 and November 19, both at 6PM at 221 Allen Hall. The talks are titled “National Identity during the Military Dictatorship in Brazil: Documentaries and Travels,” and “Women, Videos and Documentaries.” Prof. Sobrinho is currently a visiting professor at San Francisco State University under the auspices of the CAPES/Fulbright 2014 program. In Brazil, he is professor of Multimedia, Media and Communication at UNICAMP (Universidade de Campinas) Institute of Art, and coordinator of the Communication and Media Studies program at the same institution.

More info on the links below. › Continue reading

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