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Join the CLACS Runasimi Outreach Collective (ROC) for a screening of the 2016 World Cinema documentary Sundance winner When Two Worlds Collide, by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Micaél Pereira (ROC) and Gonzalo Appiani (ROC) about the themes of the film. This is the third of a 3-part screening series for November hosted by the Runasimi Outreach Collective, focusing on the Peruvian history of land rights and activism.
About the Film:
The film examines indigenous land rights activism in Peru by focusing on the events that led to, and the aftermath of, the lethal clashes between indigenous protesters and policemen in 2009 outside the Amazonian town of Bagua. The film’s narrative centres on Alberto Pizango, an indigenous Shawi man who served as the President of AIDESEP, Peru’s national indigenous Amazonian organisation. At present, three-quarters of Peru’s Amazon, including a fifth of protected natural areas, is zoned for extraction. These are the results of a historical process of state-led dispossession in favor of foreign capital.
About the Presenters:
Micaél Pereira is an Andean training herbalist who recently graduated from the Quechua program at NYU. They are co-president of ROC and will be leading the discussion.
Gonzalo Appiani is a Junior at NYU majoring in History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Gonzalo is a graduate of the Quechua program and co-president of ROC.