CineCLACS and Cinema Tropical present Latino Americans: Peril & Promise (1980-2000) as part of the Indocumentales Series. Immediately following the film, we will be hosting an interactive discussion for educators, community activists, and interested public on addressing issues of migration through film and conversation.
About the film:
In the 80s the nature of the Latino Diaspora changes again. From Cuba a second wave of refugees to United States – the Mariel exodus – floods Miami. The same decade sees the sudden arrival of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans (Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans) fleeing death squads and mass murders at home like activist, Carlos Vaquerano. By the early 1990s, a political debate over illegal immigration – has begun. Globalization, empowered by NAFTA, means that as U.S. manufacturers move south, Mexican workers head north in record numbers. A backlash ensues: tightened borders, anti-bilingualism, state laws to declare all illegal immigrants felons. But a sea change is underway: the coalescence of a new phenomenon called Latino American culture-as Latinos spread geographically and make their mark in music, sports, politics, business, and education. Gloria Estefan leads the Miami Sound Machine creating cross over hits in Spanish and English. Oscar de la Hoya, a Mexican-American boxer from L.A., becomes an Olympic gold medalist and the nation's Golden Boy. Is a new Latino world being created here as the Latino population and influence continues to grow? Alternatively, will Latinos in America eventually assimilate into invisibility, as other groups have done so many times? Latinos present a challenge and an opportunity for the United States. America's largest and youngest growing sector of the population presents what project advisor Professor Marta Tienda calls, The Hispanic Moment.Their success could determine the growth of the United States in the twenty-first century; however their failure, contributing to an underclass, could also pull this country down. The key, according to Tienda and Eduardo J. Padron, Ph.D., President of Miami Dade Community College, is education.
obtained a double degree in Hispanic Philology, and Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of Granada (Spain). He also earned a M.A. in Spanish from New Mexico State University, and received his Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University. His main research interests include Contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Immigration, Violence, Crime Fiction, and Trauma Narratives. He currently is a Board Member of the Film Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and works as an Assistant Professor at the WLL Department of CUNY-College of Staten Island.
teaches at Hunter College's Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. He holds a phd in political theory from CUNY's Graduate Center, is a Spatial Humanities/Digital Humanities practitioner, and has also taught GIS and cartography at a college level. He is a founding member of the environmental and social justice group South Bronx Unite.
This event if free and open to the public. ID is required to enter the building.