We are happy to announce the line-up of Georgia Tech’s 2023 Global Media Festival, our annual film and discussion series focusing on sustainability across languages and cultures. The 2023 festival explores the theme “reduced inequalities within and among countries” (# 10 of the UN sustainable development goals). This year, the festival will run from Monday, April 17th to Sunday, April 23rd, 2023. ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! They include complementary popcorn (and many of them catering). All events will be in Atlantic and Cypress Theaters at Georgia Tech’s Student Center.
Directed by Paul Alonso, associate professor at GT, the 2023 Global Media Festival will include screenings of international films from Peru, France, China, Germany, Japan, and Brazil and Q&A with directors and discussants.
Highlights include the screening of “The Revolution and the Land,” Peru’s most watched documentary of all time about the history of struggles for the land and citizenship in the country, and the on-campus Q&A with the film director Gonzalo Benavente Secco.
The GMF will also present “Making Pandemics” (France). In this award-winning documentary, French actress Juliette Binoche seeks to understand the causes of the “epidemic of pandemics.” She meets with scientists, specialized “disease ecologists” from around the world, to understand the links between human health and the health of ecosystems.
Transnational Chinese films will be represented with “Above the drowning sea” and “Ascension.” The first one details the story of Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe who found sanctuary in Shanghai on the eve of World War II. The second examines an increasingly stratified China by juxtaposing everyday life of assembly line workers with the nouveau riche.
Other screenings include “One day we arrive in Japan,” a documentary about Brazilian immigration in Japan, and the sci-fi style documentary “Beyond This Backyard” from Brazil.
The 2023 Global Media Festival is sponsored by the School of Modern Languages; the Atlanta Global Studies Center; the School of Literature, Media, and Communication; the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems; and Serve-Learn-Sustain.
A ‘pataphysical’ writer, Argentinean Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) reinvented neo fantastic Latin American Literature from Paris. He is the author of the short-story collections
“Bestiario” (1951), Final del Juego (1956), and “Las Armas Secretas” (1958). His masterpiece is the novel “Rayuela” (1963; translated as “Hopscotch”).
#JulioCortazar #writer #ArgetineanLiterature #Argentina #LatinAmerica #Arts
“Colombia was the most unequal country among OECD members during the pandemic”
Colombian journalist and YouTuber María Paulina Baena (@mpaulinabaena from @lapullaopinion) discusses the pressing economic disparities in Colombia and the need for solidarity as a means of becoming better people in the post-pandemic. In her Polivision video column, Baena provides an insightful perspective on the socio-economic realities that her country and Latin America are facing after the Covid-19 emergency. For the full video column, check out our YouTube channel and our website (Link in bio)
#colombian #mariapaulinabaena #colombia #pandemic #lapulla #elespectador #journalism #democracy
Considered one of the most important novelists of the 20th century, Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa (1936-) was inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre and followed the modern paradigm of the “public intellectual.” Unsuccessful presidential candidate in Peru, he is the author of the masterpieces “La Ciudad y los Perros” (1963, translated as “The Time of the Hero”), “Conversación en la catedral” (1969; Conversation in the Cathedral) and “La guerra del fin del mundo” (1981; The War of the End of the World), among many others. He won the Nobel Prize of Literature in 2010 and in 2023 joined the fabled Académie Française in Paris, becoming the first member ever to have written a book in French.
#MarioVargasLlosa #novelist #PeruvianLiterature #Peru #LatinAmerica #Arts
“Chile’s traditional journalism and media outlets are seen as part of the problem”
In this video column, journalist and professor Sebastián Valenzuela sheds light on the current political and media landscape in Chile, particularly in the post-pandemic context. Valenzuela notes that the traditional journalism and media outlets in Chile are often viewed as part of the political and economical problems the country faces, highlighting how the emergence of new forms of media can better represent and articulate the popular demands of the citizens. For the full video column, check out our YouTube channel and our website (Link in bio)
#chilean #sebastianvalenzuela #Chile #pandemic #politicalscience #journalism #democracy
Influenced by Surrealism, Existentialism, Buddhism, and Marxism, Octavio Paz (1914-1998) was a Mexican writer, poet and diplomat. One of his most notorious books, El Laberinto de la Soledad (The Labyrinth of Solitude), focuses on Mexican identity. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.
#OctavioPaz #MexicanPoet #Poetry #LatinAmerica #Mexico #arts
“We want to see everyone’s stories”
In this throwback video from Hybrid Atlanta, Christopher Escobar (@seeescobar: Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Society and owner of The Plaza Theatre and The Tara Theatre) discusses the importance of showcasing the stories of minorities in film. From the diverse narratives that define Atlanta as a metropolis to the historical significance of the Plaza Theatre and the Atlanta Film Festival, you can check out our complete short video interview on our Youtube Channel!
#PlazaTheater #film #Atlanta #latinamerica #AtlantaFilmFestival #diversestories #colombian
@atlfilmsociety @paulalonso @plazaatlanta
Self-described as an “anti-poet,” Chilean Nicanor Parra (1914-2018) distasted artistic solemnity and pomp, and replaced it with humor and a project to reinvent poetic language. He ended many recitations by saying "Me retracto de todo lo dicho" ("I take back everything I said").
He won the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 1969, the Queen Sofia Prize in 2002, and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 2011. He died at the age of 103.
#NicanorParra #AntiPoet #ChileanLiterature #Chile #LatinAmerica #arts
“Discomfort is the best place for satire”
Venezuelan-American Joanna Hausmann (@johaus) delves into the power of discomfort in satire, particularly in relation to her intersectional identity as a Jewish Latinx artist. Watch our full interview with her on our YouTube channel (link in bio) and visit our website.
#Venezuela #comedy #satire #JoannaHausmann #Latinamerica
Language and silence. Madness and bodies. Intimacy and death. These are some of the recurrent themes in the poetry of Argentinian Alejandra Pizarnik (1936-1972). Her works include “Los trabajos y las noches” (1965), “Extracción de la piedra de locura” (1968), and “El Infierno musical” (1971).
#poets #poetry #argentina #argentineanpoet #latinamerica #arts
Born in the UK from Jewish descent, Venezuelan-American comedian Joanna Hausmann talks with Polivision’s Paul Alonso about her evolution as a comedian, the role of “discomfort” as a central component for satire, intersectional identities and the implications of criticizing the left and right in today’s polarized environment.
Hausmann became initially known as the host of Joanna Rants, a humorous YouTube video series distributed by Flama (Univision’s bilingual digital platform from 2014 to 2016), and later on her own YouTube channel. Her popular videos aim at deconstructing stereotypes and monolithic notions of “latinidad” by showcasing the diversity of Latin American experiences and national cultures.
Called “the greatest twentieth-century poet in any language," Peruvian César Vallejo (1892-1938) revolutionized universal poetry through constant innovation. His iconic works include “Los Heraldos Negros” (1919), “Trilce” (1922), and “Poemas Humanos” (1939).
#poets #poetry #peru #peruvianpoet #latinamerica #arts
“Puerto Rico is my background, Atlanta is my sound”
In this Throwback from Hybrid Atlanta, DJ EU @thedjeu expresses how important it is for a DJ to understand the diversity of Latin American music, and the different possibilities to energize people. You can check out our complete video interview on our Youtube Channel!
#thedjeu #music #artist #latinamerica #dj #latinmusic
Cosmopolitan and rebellious, Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) defined Latin American post-Boom literature. He is the author of the books 2066, The Savage Detectives, The Insufferable Gaucho, The Skating Ring, Distant Star, among many others.
#chile #literatura #robertobolaño #latinamericanliterature #literatura chilena #novels