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El Premio/The Prize: Argentine Dictatorship and Jewish Militancy

April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Prize (Paula Markovich, 2011) is the exceptional directorial debut of the well-established Argentine screenwriter Paula Markovich, whose career has developed in Mexico, where she has lived since her early 20s. We will screen the film, which takes place in Argentina, during the early 1980s, under the military Junta, and discuss important themes, including the ways in which the Jewish community is and has been portrayed in Argentine film, and how this community participated in militant, practices under military dictatorship in Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America.

The film will be screened followed by a conversation with David William Foster and Ilana Luna.

About the speakers
David William Foster (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1964 [BA, 1961; MA, 1963 University of Washington]) Regents’ Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. He served as Chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures from 1997-2001. In Spring 2009, he served as the Ednagene and Jordan Davidson Eminent Scholar in the Humanities at Florida International University. His research interests focus on urban culture in Latin America, with emphasis on issues of queer gender construction and sexual identity, as well as Jewish culture. He has written extensively on Argentine narrative and theater, and he has held Fulbright teaching appointments in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. He has also served as an Inter-American Development Bank Professor in Chile. Most recent publication is Picturing the Barrio: Ten Chicano Photographers (Pittsburgh, 2016). Foster is past-President of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.

Ilana Luna holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an additional emphasis in literary translation. She is an Assistant professor and faculty lead of Latin American Studies at Arizona State University where she teaches on film, literature and cultural studies. Luna is the author of Adapting Gender: Mexican Feminisms from Literature to Film (SUNY Press). She is currently director of programming for the nascent FemmeRevolution film festival in Mexico City. She is a translator of poetry and prose and is a board member of Cardboard House Press, a bilingual press based in Phoenix. She is a member of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association, and is currently carrying out a project on Jewish identity in Latin American film.

Refreshments will be served.


April 17, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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