HOLTON CAREER & RESOURCE CENTER. 401 North Driver Street. Durham, North Carolina  27703

October 21, 2011      |           7PM

 Latino Traditions. Three short films by Rodrigo Dorfman (2011)


Performances by: Takiri Dance Studio, Carlos Salvo and the Chilean Cueca, and the music group “Los Morales.”

This project was funded by the NC Arts Council


Takiri Dance Studio. Directed by Pilar Rocha-Goldberg and Yholima Vargas

The Latino Traditions project was funded by the NC Arts Council Folklife program and consists of a multimedia website that focuses on Latin American folkloric traditions in North Carolina as seen though the eyes of immigrants who practice them. The website highlights three different aspect of Latin American folklore through three short documentaries and a series of stand alone interviews with the participants. These interviews add and deepen the stories told through the short documentaries.

The immigrants in these stories come from Mexico, Chile and Colombia; they illuminate   different aspects of Latin American folklore, but they also share a struggle to retain their traditions as a means to re-connect with their homeland, teach their children Spanish and educate the general public about the diversity of Latin American culture. It’s a two-step process that reminds them of how far away they are and yet how close they can be.


 Grupo Los Morales (Father and Son, plus invited musicians)

From Rodrigo Dorfman: Latino Traditions is a project that comes out of my 25 years witnessing the birth of a Latino community in North Carolina. It has always been my belief that the mo- ment a Latin American immigrates to the USA, he or she will undergo a slow conscious and unconscious transformation, and become a “Latino(a)”; someone with one foot in Latin America and the other in the USA community where their children are growing up. This doubling of our conscious identity; this expansion of who we are, affects the way we experience the national tradi- tions of the homeland we left behind.  We filter them through the filters of distance, loss and the pride to share and the desire to pass them on to our assimilated children. So, the idea of a Latino Tradition is in itself a hybrid filter, an ideal from which to view the transformation of the tradi- tions themselves as they evolve within the immigrant experience.


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