This year the festival featured a series focused on the life of diasporic communities, using films, documentaries, panel discussions, lectures, class visits and open forums, with a special attention to hemispheric Native and Indigenous audiovisual production.
The festival featured 27 films, from 11 countries, with the presence of 15 filmmakers. The festival included feature length films, short films, and documentary films, grouped in three series:
Native and Indigenous Film Series: As part of the “Hemispheric Indigeneity in the Global Age” project, the series explores in comparative/contextual fashion Native and Indigenous worldviews, in particular the ones related to self-representation and governability, health and environment, and the ontology of being Native/Indigenous in today’s global age. The series intends to bring together cultural producers, scholars, Native and Indigenous filmmakers, artists, and the general public to explore, share, and act upon some of the most pressing issues First Nations and pueblos originarios face today.
Jews and Muslims in Latino/a America and the Caribbean Series: These events are part of the Center for European Studies’ initiative, “Jews & Muslims: Histories, Diasporas, and the Meaning of the European,” funded through a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and the Duke University Office of the Provost, and co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, and Duke Islamic Studies Center.
Spanish and Latin/o American Film Series (LFS): Curated by Samuel Amago and Cristina Carrasco, Romance Languages and Literatures UNC-CH. Thanks to PRAGDA, an independent cultural initiative to promote Spanish and Latin American cinema and a film distribution company, through the Spanish Film Club, which offers to help universities bring the very best in contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema to introduce students to the language and cultures of these territories.