OCT 26 – Saturday – 5:30pm | Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke University East Campus

Puerto Rico after MaríaEnergy Security and Reconstruction.

With Roque Nonini (Filmmaker), Sandy Smith-Nonini (Anthropology, UNC), Cecilio Ortíz-García (National Institute of Energy and Sustainability, U de Puerto Rico Mayaguez), Elizabeth A. Albright & Dalia Patino-Echeverri (NSOE, Duke), and student groups (UNC & Duke Engage).

Spanglish food truck will be parked in front between the panel discussion and film screening.

Presented by WGELA (Working Group Environment in Latin America) and the Energy Initiative

OCT 26 – Saturday – 7:00-pm | Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke University East Campus

Dis.em.POWER.ed. Puerto Rico’s Perfect Storm. Dir. Roque Nonini. Written by Sandi Smith-Nonini. Puerto Rico. 2019. 50 min.

In the fall of 2017 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, wiping out the electric grid and plunging 3 million people into the worst blackout in US history. Roughly 3000 people died in the months after the storm and thousands lived in the dark for nearly a year. In the words of a New York Times report, Puerto Rico “all but slipped from the modern era” (Glanz and Robles 2018).     
How could this happen?  A filmmaker and anthropologist teamed up to tell the story of the root causes behind the long blackout. They asked what does it mean when a modern place that has enjoyed electric services for over 50 years is shut down by one extreme climate event? Are there warnings here for the rest of us?

Followed by presentation:
Aftermath: Puerto Ricans Rebuild After María
School of Media and Journalism, UNC-CH. 2018
Q&A with Roque Nonini and Sandi Smith-Nonini following the film.

In collaboration with Boricuas en North Carolina, and Spanglish Food Truck!. In collaboration with Art Studio Project and the V El Quijote Festival

Part of the NCLAFF Environmental Series

Supported by:

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