In the present, Colombia is facing an important conjuncture, largely shaped by the peace negotiation, taking place between the government and the FARC-EP (and most recently the ELN). The current moment is a dispute over the meaning of the past, present and future of Colombia, with hemispheric implications, that includes a discussion about the type of society that each actor imagines. Consequently, the actual moment is defined by a series of political, cultural and ontological struggles locally and regionally. While political, economical, and cultural elites seem resistant to pursuing significant changes beyond the demobilization of the guerrillas and small reforms to the system; civil society, social movements (indigenous, afro-descendants, and peasants in particular), intellectuals, and some politicians are yearning for a historical moment that challenges the unequal social arrangements of Colombian society.

09.15 | Thursday. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia Street, UNC-Chapel Hill. 7pm Que Horas ela Volta? / Second Mother/ Anna Muylaert. 112min. 2015. Brazil An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, The Second Mother dissects with both impeccable precision and humor such matters as class differences and family. The film centers around Val, a hard- working live-in housekeeper in […]

09.26 | Monday. Richard White Auditorium. Duke East Campus. 7pm Mirar morir: El ejército en la noche de Iguala/Watching them die: the mexican army and the 43 disappeared. Coitza Crecko. 81min. 2016. Mexico After the murder of 6 people and the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, on September 26, 2014, the Mexican government launched what it called the largest investigation […]

09.29 | Thursday. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill. 6 pm Reception 6 pm. Fedex Global Education Center Atrium Music by Carlos Salvo and Cesar Oviedo. Celebrating 30 years of the NC LAFF.   OPENING EVENT FOR THE 30 ANNIVERSARY OF THE NCLAFF AND THE 2ND QUIXOTE FEST | GABO. Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez. Justin Webster. […]

09.30 | Friday. Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center. Duke. 6 pm. El abrazo de la serpiente / The Embrace of the Serpent. Ciro Guerra. 125min. 2015. Colombia. Reception at 6pm. Love Auditorium Atrium The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of […]

10.01 | Saturday. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill. 7pm Ixcanul volcán / Ixcanul Volcano. Jayro Bustamante. 62min. 2015. Guatemala Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her: her parents have promised her to Ignacio, the […]

10.02 | Sunday. Silverspot Cinema. 201 S. Estes Drive (at University Mall), Chapel Hill. 7pm La tierra y la sombra /Land and Shade. Cesar Acevedo. 97min. 2015. Colombia After having left a long time ago, a humble country sugar cane worker returns home to meet his grandson and deal with the hardships his family has been facing. 2015 Cannes Film […]

10.03 | Monday. Field Auditorium. Environmental Hall. Duke West Campus. 7 pm. Hija de la Laguna / Daughter of the Lake. Ernesto Cabellos. 85min. 2015. Peru At the height of the new Peruvian gold rush, Nelida, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits, uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the body of water she considers […]