Pre-Festival and Community Events


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.



2011 NC LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL | <25th anniversary 1986-2011>

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

October 7, 2011        |           7PM

 The Virgin Appears in La Maldita Vecindad (‘the damned bad neighborhood)

Elva Bishop & Altha Cravey (2009)

This project was funded by the NC Arts Council


 Performances by: Aztec Dance Group, Matlachine Dance Collective and Carlota Santana Flamenco-Vivo.

* This event is also part of the “Festival Flamenco,” October 5-9 in Durham

County. More information:

Synopsis of the film: It explores the cultural produc- tion of ‘Latin America’ in Durham, North Carolina. The focus is on the feelings and significance of movement itself, including migration, dance, and long-distance relay runs especially as these move- ments entail celebrations of, or promises to, the Virgin of Guadalupe. For eleven consecutive years, dancers of all ages have honored the Virgin of Gua- dalupe with hours of indigenous ‘matlachine’ danc- ing. Afterward, many of the same dancers and their families go to a special Catholic mass for the Virgin. In a closely related activity linked to the immigrants’ rights movement, Antorcha Guadalupana runners carried a torch through Durham en route from the Basilica of Guadalupe in central Mexico to Saint

Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in 2005 and 2007. Relay runners in this event literally trace out new NAFTA geographies that link migrant families and communities in Mexico and the United States. These celebratory and spiritual movements contribute to decolonial understandings of ‘Latin America’.

*Special presentation by the directors and with the presence of members of the community who participated in the film project. Special thanks to Altha Cravey, Elva Bishop, and Octaviano Flores (Kali).

In partnership with: 


 Thanks to:



GIVE US NAMES – WGELA – The Working Group in War and Peace in the Americas & THE NC LAFF

Presents A North Carolina Premiere

LEAVING LA FLORESTA is a documentary that chronicles the forced Displacement of one Colombian family. Abelardo and Olga were farmers in the Colombian countryside, growing crops like yucca, plantains, and cacao (chocolate) to support their family. In 2010, their crops were destroyed by U.S. spray planes that were targeting coca (cocaine) crops. After their crops were destroyed, they took their five children, packed up everything they owned, and journeyed to the city slums in search of work and shelter. This film tells the story of this family and challenges the viewer to think through this U.S. drug policy known as Plan Colombia

(the southern front of the War on Drugs).

As preparation for the 2011 NC Latin American Film Festival.



Organized by WGELA & the Working Group on War and Peace in the Americas.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies




Organized by Advocates for Human Rights, supported by the Working Group on War and Peace in the Americas. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Americas.














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This event is made possible through funding provided by the  US  Department of Education and the Andrew W.  Mellon Foundation.  Organized by The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  and Duke University.

Co-sponsored by  the  Duke University Center for  International Studies, the  Duke Human Rights Center, the  Duke Program in Latino/a Studies in the  Global South, the  Duke Program in the  Arts of the  Moving Image, the  Duke Screen/Society.  In collaboration with the  Carolina Theatre of Dur- ham, Durham Parks & Recreation, Durham Technical Community College, Guilford College, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, and the  University of  North Carolina at Greensboro.


Special thanks to  the  Consulado General de  México en  Raleigh, Artists Studio Project, Rafael

Osuba, and the  NC Arts Council