SUNDAY  November 6. |  Nelson Mandela Auditorium, GEC. UNC CH 4.00pm.


With: Rodrigo Dorfman, Penny Simpson, Charlie Thompson, Altha Cravey



Film (reel): 25 Years of Latin/o, a American Film Festival in North Carolina.

Presentation: 2011 NC Latin American Film Festival.

Reception to follow


Rodrigo Dorfman – Short CV – 2010

Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1967, Rodrigo Dorfman is an award wining filmmaker, ethnographer, writer, video artist and multimedia journalist who currently resides in Durham, North Carolina. Rodrigo Dorfman has lived in Argentina, Paris and Amsterdam. His company Melloweb LLC works in cooperation with NGO’S, educational and grassroots organizations, film companies and private institutions to create multimedia documentaries. As a screenwriter, Rodrigo Dorfman won, with his father, the 1996 Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for best television screenplay for a BBC VJ Day special called Prisoners in Time starring John Hurt. That was followed in 1998, with Deadline, a movie for Channel 4, England. It was shown as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Declaration of Human Rights. And Konfidenz, a radio play for the BBC, which he co-wrote with his father, was aired in England in Spring 2001. He also co-wrote Shaheed, for the BBC, a teleplay on suicide bombers, Los Angeles Open City, a pilot for HBO on Latinos in Los Angeles and Blake's Therapy for Salma Hayek's company Ventanazul. As film directors, Rodrigo’s first short film, My House is on Fire, was screened at some of the top Film Festival’s in the world Edinburgh International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, The Latino International Film Festival in Los Angeles and The Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival among others. His first feature documentary Generation Exile was featured at the Full Frame Film Festival. He has just completed two independent fiction-feature Blood and Honey, and Roberto’s Dreams and working in two more. In 2011 his short film One Night in Kernersville won the best short at the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.



Penny Simpson

A native of North Carolina, Penny Simpson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After film courses at NYU and in California, she worked professionally in film, video and music production in California, New York, and in Mexico, where she lived for over seventeen years. She currently works as a documentary filmmaker and research analyst and as an advocate for Latino issues in North Carolina.

Her film Nuestra Comunidad: Latinos in North Carolina (along side Joanne Hershfield, documentary filmmaker who teaches film and video production and media studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.) highlights key historical moments of the recent Latino immigrant experience in North Carolina. And looks at North Carolina's transformation in the twenty-first century, with its changing demographics, in this case focusing on the increasing numbers of Latinos moving into the state during the last decade. The documentary also reflects on cultural encounters between Anglos and Latinos in a state that, prior to the last decade, had relatively few Latinos. Over 55 hours of footage were shot for the project between 1999 and 2001.

The first public screenings of Nuestra Comunidad: Latinos in North Carolina were held during the XV Latin American Film Festival in November of 2001 on three different North Carolina university campuses.


Charlie Thompson

Also a native of North Carolina, Charles Thompson is currently director of the undergraduate program at CDS, holds the faculty position of Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke, and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion. He holds a Ph.D. in religion and culture from UNC Chapel Hill, with concentrations in cultural studies and Latin American studies. His particular interests in documentary work include oral history, ethnography, filmmaking, and community activism. A former farmer, he remains immersed in agricultural issues and works on issues affecting laborers within our food system. He has written about farmworkers, and he is an advisory board member of Student Action with Farmworkers. He is the author or editor of five books; his latest is Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World. He is also editor, with Melinda Wiggins, of The Human Cost of Food: Farmworker Lives, Labor, and Advocacy. Thompson is also the producer/director of three documentary films, including his latest Brother  Towns/Pueblos Hermanos, as well as The Guestworker and We Shall Not Be Moved.


Altha Cravey

A native of Illinois grow up there and in Indiana.  Altha Cravey is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography at UNC-CH. Much of her research and teaching is focused on Latin America and Latinos in the United States South. Her book Women and Work in Mexico's Maquiladoras (Rowman and Littlefield 1998) is key to understand the impact of globalization/ and on women in places like Juarez. The United States South has been one of the last parts of the country to experience such massive rapid demographic changes, so local research provides Altha a way to think about some of the issues related to globalization and the Latino experience.

Professor Cravey theaches courses on Latin American Geography, Social Geography, Political Geography, and Feminist Geography (Space, Place, and Difference). Cravey also teaches a First Year Seminar on Local Places in a Globalizing World. Her documentary films LA VIRGEN APPEARS IN LA MALDITA VECINDAD and most recently SEED OF SPIRITS address such issues and make visible some of the cultural practices of the Latino community in North Carolina.