Monday, November 1  |, 7 pm.  Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1, Durham, NC.

Tuesday, November 16  | 7 pm.  Memorial Student Union, Stallings Ballroom, North Carolina A&TUniversity, Greensboro

Brother Towns/ Pueblos Hermanos. Charlie Thompson and Michael Davey. (USA/Guatemala, 2010) 60 min.

This documentary follows two different towns connected through immigration, family and work. Jacaltenango is a highland Maya town in Guatemala.  Jupiter is a coastal resort town in Florida where many Jacaltecos have settled. The film explores the motivations and realities of immigration, including the maintenance of the family during immigration and the exorbitant economic cost to immigrate illegally. Brother Towns presents the rich cultural identity of the Jacaltecos, who have strong Mayan heritage, and addresses the controversy of illegal immigration from both perspectives by interviewing opponents and proponents of illegal immigration.   English and Spanish with English subtitles.

With introduction by Director Charlie Thompson, Q&A to follow

In Partnership with the Duke Human Rights Center


Friday, November 5, 6 | 4:30 pm. Richard White Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC

Images of Decolonization (see entire series)

Curated and introduced by guest director Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet

El Silencio Imperial: Una opera Xican@/ Imperial Silence:  A Chicana Opera,  Act I and Act II.  John Jota Leaños + Colectivo Burning Wagon (Chicano/USA, 2008) 21 min.

Act I Los ABCs: is a five-minute Xicano docu-animation cataloguing the real-life testimony of skeletons that have returned to tell their stories of life and death at war. Sing along with this group of animated Mariachi social documentarians who will guide you through a history that will make you laugh, cry, and wonder why. Deadtime Stories with Mariachi Goose and his Friends is Act II in the animated Xican@ Opera, 'Imperial Silence’. It chronicles the longest day of the year in Muertolandia where dead nursery rhyme characters converge to attend the Gran Solstice concert where the overnight sensation, Humpty Mariachi Dumpty, was to perform his hit huapango, “Quisiera Vivir” at the fundraiser for the Great Wall.

Aguasmalas/ Bad Waters. Patricia Villalobos (Nicaragua/USA, 2006) 6:20 min.

The single, isolated body drifts, unattached, at the edge of an unidentified coast, and is interspersed with footage from the 2007 presidential inauguration of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. Clips of the recent uprising in Managua following municipal elections, and the bombing of Iraq, serve to reframe locally occurring issues within a transnational context.

Roaming. Nayda Collazo (Puerto Rico/USA, 2005) 5:18 min.

In Roaming we seem to travel though a web-like structure without any particular purpose or definite destination. It invites the viewer to visually navigate through a series of interconnected lines, not unlike the mental with its multiple hyperlink associations.

Saturday, November 6 | 4:30 pm.  Richard White Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC

Candide. Patricia Montoya (Colombia/USA, 2005) 13 min.

An experimental narrative video about lesbian love and emigrant longing performed on a rooftop in Tijuana. By superimposing memory and chance, theatricality and documentary, with the specificity of color, landscape, language and architecture the video builds contrasting impressionistic and expressionistic visual and aural representations of Tijuana and San Diego.

Sabana de la Mar/Sea Shore (2003). Scherezade Garcia (Dominican Republic/USA) 4 min.

Interrogating migration out of the Caribbean, from the sea shores of the DR, Haitians and Afro Dominicans jump into the waters looking for a better life beyond the horizon.

Sunday, November 7 | 7 pm.  El Centro Hispano de Durham, Durham, NC

Ladron que roba a ladron/ To Rob aThieves. Joe Menendez. (USA/Latino, 2008), 98 min.

A pair of professional Latino thieves find their complex plan to take a millionaire and popular Latino television guru for all he's worth complicated by the fact that their old crew wants no part of the high-risk job in this tense crime caper. Emilio and Alejandro have hatched a plan for the perfect crime, but in order to carry out their caper the diabolical duo will need a crack crew who can stealthily inject themselves into the inner circle of their wealthy mark. Moctesuma Valdez is a man of power with many personal servants, and if Emilio and Alejandro's team can simply assume the guise of gardener, maid, or chauffer, they will be in the perfect position to strike when Valdez least expects it. When the skilled members of the regular team all reject the plan, Emilio and Alejandro are forced to hire "real" immigrants to get the job done. Spanish with English subtitles.


Sunday, November 7 | 7 pm.  Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill, NC.

Memories at the Crossroads: Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet (1990-2010)

Nubes Soleadas at the Crossroads. Raul Ferrera-Balanquet (Cuba/Mexico/USA, 1996) 28 min.

A recollection of fragmented memories from childhood to the present are intercut with historical and fictional events to reconstruct the exile self of a Cuban immigrant. After years in the exile, Ernesto wants to understand how his emotional instability is linked to the present. Colliding, juxtaposing, spinning from and jumping into different levels of narrative, the video creates a layering of images recreating the accumulation of experience and the multiplicity of the self forced by the exile. Shot in Havana, Cuba; Merida, Yucatan/Mexico; Chicago and Iowa City, United States.

 Merida Poscrita. Raul Ferrera-Balanquet and Enrique Novelo Cascante, (Cuba/Mexico/USA, 1990) 7 min.

When one of the lovers refuses to kiss, a narrative unfold exploring the past of the characters, the imposition of heterosexual roles in Latino men’s relationships, classism and the archeology of desire.

Olufina Abuela Balanquet. Raul Ferrera-Balanquet (Cuba, 1995). Video Art, 4 min., color

An altar to Shango, the Yoruba deity of the sky, serves as a point of entry into a reflected territory where the camera finds the lost image of the artist’s maternal great grandmother.

Soldados de la Memoria/Soldiers of Memory (2010). Experimental Narrative, 24 min. color.

Traveling into the lives of four male characters, the video creates an intersection of historical times to interrogate Native American cultures, colonial history, and sociological issues such as AIDS, domestic violence, hate crime, the law and economics, all affecting our cultural territories and the lives of the characters. After fifteen years, Nac and Aaron re-encounter at La Calle de La Sirena. Xochiquetzal, a transsexual character who personifies a woman on stage, as well as a Mesoamerican deity protector of male prostitutes, opens the narrative to the ritual of remembering: a fresco painting representing two Mayan men embracing with their erect penis found in the cave of Nac Tunich in Guatemala, how the Conquistador Balboa set his dogs upon Native American transsexuals in 1594, and how the congress of the State of Yucatan killed a proposal to recognize same-sex marriage and women’s rights.

With introduction by Raul Ferrera-Balanquet. Q&A to follow

Monday, November 8  | 7 pm. Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, Durham, NC

Friday, November 19  | 7pm.  Frank Family Science Center, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC.

Generation Exile. Rodrigo Dorfman. (USA/Chile, 2009) 71 min.


When Rodrigo Dorfman was 6 years old, he was forced into exile because of the revolutionary activities of his father, Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman. Now, 35 years later, Rodrigo Dorfman weaves his experience of exile through the eyes of 4 women: a Taiwanese pianist haunted by nightmares of her past; an Afro Caribbean Whirling Dervish on a pilgrimage to Turkey; a Latina artist mourning the destruction of her community and a young American woman caught in a web of spiritual abuse. Spanning 4 continents and 100 years of personal history, GENERATION EXILE is a meditation on our search for identity in a world full of pain and wonder. English.

With introduction of director Rodrigo Dorfman. Q&A to follow.

Tuesday, November 9  | 7 pm.  ERC Auditorium, Main Campus, Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC

Gringo Next Door. Habib Yazdi & Javier Pabon. (USA/Latino, 2009) 15 min.

When Jack fears that his chickens are missing he turns on the only people he thinks to blame – the Hispanic neighbors. The solution is to hire immigrant labor to build a wall between the two homes. A hilarious web of miscommunication ensues in this wildly funny satire. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Los Sueños de Roberto/Roberto’s Dreams. Rodrigo Dorfman. (USA/Chile, 2009) 90 min. 


Roberto’s Dreams takes its storyline straight out of today’s news headlines. It is now in the grips of an economic crisis. Roberto has been laid off, Angélica is still cleaning houses and their ten year old daughter, Brittany, struggles to mix her Latino roots with her American education. Roberto decides to start the long and perilous journey of owning his own business -- the first Latino “green” cleaning business in North Carolina.  Once again mixing documentary and fiction, director/producer Rodrigo Dorfman shot the film entirely on location in Durham, North Carolina, plunging his main characters deep into the daily life of one of the most vibrant, new Latino communities in the U.S.

Tuesday, November 16  | 7 pm.  Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill

 Harvest of Shame. Edward R. Murrow, NBC News. (USA, 1960) 55 min.

Legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow's Harvest of Shame is among the most famous television documentaries of all time. Richly photographed and arrestingly poignant, this long-acclaimed 1960 exposé on the plight of migrant farm workers resonated deeply for a nation unfamiliar with such brutally honest depictions of living conditions that, as Murrow remarks, "wrong the dignity of man." Smartly televised to millions of Americans the day after Thanksgiving to better tap into their emotions, Murrow's indispensable classic led to permanent changes in the laws protecting workers' rights. Murrow started his broadcast the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 1960: “This scene is not taking place in the Congo. It has nothing to do with Johannesburg or Cape Town. It is not Nyasaland or Nigeria. This is Florida… This is a shape-up for migrant workers. The hawkers are chanting the going piece rate at the various fields. This is the way the humans who harvest the food for the best-fed people in the world get hired. One farmer looked at this and said, “We used to own our slaves; now we just rent them.…”  He ended the same broadcast saying: “The migrants have no lobby. Only an enlightened, aroused and perhaps angered public opinion can do anything about the migrants. The people you have seen have the strength to harvest your fruit and vegetables. They do not have the strength to influence legislation. Maybe we do. Good night, and good luck.”  English

HARVEST OF DIGNITY. Farmworker Advocacy Network and Minnow Media.  27 min.

On the 50th anniversary of the original Harvest of Shame documentary, the NC Farmworker Advocacy Network (FAN) and Minnow Media present Harvest of Dignity, a documentary exploring the conditions migrant and seasonal farmworkers face in the United States today. Farm and poultry work is some of the most difficult, most dangerous, and most important work in our community. Largely a Latino population of migrants from Mexico and Central America, these workers still face poverty, food insecurity, hazardous working conditions and few protections under the law. North Carolina is home to roughly 150,000 farmworkers and 28,000 poultry workers and their families. The vast majority of the fruits and vegetables and nearly all of the poultry we eat are picked or processed by hand. However, the people who feed our families through their hard work are often among the worst paid and least protected workers in our state. Using documentary photos and interviews done by Student Action with Farmworkers interns, film footage with NC farmworkers, legislators and educators, and clips from the original Harvest of Shame documentary, this piece focuses on safe places to live, safe places to work, education, and enforcement of workplace laws.  This film was produced in collaboration with the Farmworker Advocacy Network’s Harvest of Dignity campaign to reform conditions for NC field and poultry workers.
Spanish and English with English subtitles

Panel discussion Filmmakers, advocates and farmworkers to follow the film.