“The Vigil” is the final documentary in the 2016-17 Interdisciplinary Film Series entitled Peacebuilding: Challenges and Opportunities. This is the story of Gina and Rosa, undocumented immigrant mothers who, armed with their faith and traditions, set out to stop America’s most controversial immigration law. Director Jenny Alexander and film advisor on immigration issues, Alexandra Piñeros Shields, will be introducing the film and answering questions afterwards.
The Women’s Studies Program presents its first Assumption Faculty Lecture, featuring Prof. Smriti Rao (Economics and Global Studies): “What Women’s Work Can Tell Us about the State of the Economy: A Comparative Analysis of Female Labor Force Participation in India and the United States.”
THE PIROGUE (Senegal, France, Germany, 2012) dir. Moussa Touré, 87 m.
The captain of a fishing pirogue knows full-well the dangers that lie ahead.....
A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisher- man to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them.
Yarina is a band of siblings dedicated to preserving and sharing the ancestral culture of the indigenous people of the Andes. Their music transports audiences to a place wrapped in spellbinding beauty by artfully blending the ancient rhythms of its culture with original compositions that incorporate elements from various western musical styles.
Yarina, which means “remembrance” in the native Kichwa language of the indigenous people of Ecuador, has since its inception committed itself to maintaining musical excellence. Its concerts are hauntingly sensual listening experiences, but also displays of musical versatility, with more than 40 different instruments employed by band members, from the native windpipe and flute to the violin and a wide range of percussive instruments.
Yarina’s musicianship earned the group the title “Best World Music Recording” at the 2005 Native American Music Awards and “Best Folk Music Recording” at the 2005 Indian Summer Music Awards. Both were for its latest and fifth album, Nawi.
"Harvest of Empire" is the first of Interdisciplinary Film Series Peacebuilding: Challenges and Opportunities films for Spring 2017. Based on historian Juan González’ book, this film examines the role that U.S. military and corporate intervention in Latin America played in triggering massive waves of migration from Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. (USA, 2012) dirs. Peter Gerzels and Eduardo López, 1 h. 30 m.
Set in the vast, mountainous beauty of Missoula, Montana, BEYOND THE DIVIDE is a feature-length documentary film about war, peace, and the courage to find common ground.
Assumption College’s Interdisciplinary Film Series, Peacebuilding: Challenges and Opportunities, will address some of the promises and challenges of peacebuilding as they apply to far-ranging aspects of our social and natural environments. Rivers of Men (Ríos de Hombres) [Mexico & Bolivia, 2011, dir. Tin Dirdamal, 77 m.] highlights the legend, the details and the lie surrounding the Bolivian city that went to war over water.
Directed by Jacques Dochamps and José Gualinga
2013, Ecuador/Belgium, (61 min);
Will an ancestral song save the Amazon? Threatened by the petroleum industry, the Amazonian people of Sarayaku lead a constant fight for their survival. Inspired by an ancestral shaman song, they commit, in an incredible challenge of universal reach: the Border of Life.
Free and open to the public.