Saturday, March 28, 2009

Deep Dish TV presents Resistance and Solidarity

Deep Dish TV Presents Part Four of DIY Media: Movement Perspectives on Critical Moments

Resistancia y Solidaridad:
El Salvador, Colombia, and the U.S. Solidarity Movement
A Retrospective Film Screening & Discussion

April 7th, 7:00pm
Labowitz Theater of New York University
715 Broadway (at Washington Place),
New York City

Presented in Collaboration with WBAI's Wake Up Call, and NY CISPES, this special community forum is a retrospective film screening and panel discussion where filmmakers, activists and scholars will get together to discuss the U.S. role in Latin America, and how grassroots, solidarity organizing by U.S. activists has made a difference in resisting those policies. We will specifically examine how video and other popular media forms have been used as a tool of resistance and solidarity.

Recent elections in El Salvador put the FMLN - the former guerilla group and long-time opposition movement - in control of the government after years of right wing domination, supported by Washington. In Colombia, the indigenous and popular Minga of 2008 has sparked a renewed call for broad-based change in a country that for years has been dominated by repressive, militarist leaders. In both these countries, as in other parts of the region, social movement activists have used video technology and other alternative media to promote their calls for change. As part of Deep Dish TV's commitment to using media as a tool for community empowerment, panelists will discuss some of the lessons learned over the last 20 years of resistance and solidarity, and their efforts to resist militarism, corporate globalization and U.S. interventionism in the hemisphere.

Moderator: Mario A. Murillo
Mario A. Murillo is associate professor and Chair of the Radio, Television, Film Department of Hofstra University in New York, and the Friday morning host of Wake Up Call on WBAI Pacifica Radio (99.5FM). The author of "Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization," he is finishing a book about the indigenous movement in Colombia.


Greg Grandin is a professor of history at New York University, and the author of several books on the U.S. Role in Latin America, including "The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War," and "Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of Imperialism."

Roberto Arevalo
is a Colombian-born filmmaker and the founder of Beyond Documentary. He has produced over 20 documentaries about youth, public health, mental health, immigrant experiences, education and art. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Georgia State University.

Victoria Maldonado
is a Colombian-born independent filmmaker and human rights activist based in New York City. She helped create the Latino Film/Video Collaborative, and is a founding member of Columbia Media Project. She is currently working on the Deep Dish TV series "Waves of Change: A Survey of Global Community Media."

Phil Josselyn has been involved, in leadership roles, with the Committee in Support of the People of El Salvador (CISPES) since 1982. He recently returned from participating in an international observer mission of the historic March 15th Salvadoran elections where the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) won the Presidency of the country.

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