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Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Documentary Film Series

Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture presents a series of six highly acclaimed documentary films and speakers that explore human rights issues in various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, the Migration Across the Americas Faculty Cluster, Student Life, Sociedad Estudiantil Dominicana, Latin American Student Organization, Chi Upsilon Sigma, Omega Phi Beta, and the Graduate Student Association.

For more information, contact the Center for Latino Arts and Culture at 732‐932‐1263 or visit

02/17: The Price of Sugar (Dominican Republic) follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes dispossessed Haitians in the Dominican Republic to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced.

02/19: Children in No Man’s Land (US - Mexico) uncovers the current plight of the 100,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States from Mexico. The film gives the political debate about the U.S.‐Mexico border a human face by exploring the stories of two children as they attempt to cross the border alone to reunite with their mothers in the Midwest.

02/26: State of Fear (Peru) masterfully blends personal testimony, history and archival footage to tell the story of escalating violence in Peru and how fear of terrorism was used to undermine democracy, making the Andean nation a virtual dictatorship where official corruption replaced the rule of law and nearly 70,000 civilians died.

03/05: Killer’s Paradise (Guatemala).  Since 1999 more than 3,000 women have been murdered in Guatemala, yet lawmakers and government officials turn a blind eye. Powerful and uncompromising, Killer's Paradise uncovers an emotionally wrenching human rights tragedy, while exposing an inept judicial system that allows it to happen.

03/09: Chiapas Media Project (Mexico) is an award winning, binational partnership that provides video equipment, computers and training enabling marginalized indigenous communities in Mexico to create their own media. This program will screen two recent films produced by the partnership, Paying the Price: Migrant Workers in the Toxic Fields of Sinaloa and Indigenous Voices of the North: Toxic Waste in Papago Territory, with a discussion led by CMP International Coordinator Alexandra Halkin.

03/12: When Clouds Clear (Ecuador).  Set in the community of Junin, located in the isolated cloud forests of Ecuador, When Clouds Clear explores a peasant community’s radical resistance to a proposed copper mine that would level and destroy their way of life.

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