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DCEC launches film, speaker series

The College of Education Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) is holding a film/speaker series titled “Uprooted and Re-rooted: Stories of Loss, Resilience and Social Change.”

The College of Education Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee  (DCEC) is holding a film/speaker series titled “Uprooted and Re-rooted: Stories of Loss, Resilience and Social Change.” The series will present films and speakers that highlight loss, struggle and transformation of young people in diverse cultural contexts in Ecuador, Guatemala and the United States, offering both a global and cultural perspective on a changing world. The film screenings and speakers will offer the opportunity of dialogue to emphasize that we can each be who we are together, and advance the University’s “All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion” initiative.

First in the series is a screening and discussion of “Vengo Volviendo” (“Here & There”) by Filmarte filmmakers Isabel Rodas & Gabriel, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library on the University Park campus.

“Filmarte” recently premiered the release of this feature-length film, which was written, filmed and produced by young people in Ecuador through a six-month artistic residency. “Vengo Volviendo” highlights Ecuadorian adolescents’ contemporary concerns, including the conflicts and paradoxes arising from emigration of family members for work abroad. Ecuadorian young people from across the region of Azuay, (an area in the south of the Ecuadorian Andes, learned documentation and film production skills to create a film based on the stories they gathered from community elders and their own lived experiences. The goal was to bring alive the cultural legacy of the region based on cultural traditions, local stories and current issues as the foundation for the script they wrote. A primary goal of the project is for young people to revive and showcase oral history as intangible heritage and a way to engage with the living present.

“Vengo Volviendo” was released in October 2015 in movie theaters in Ecuador as well as through Ecocinema, a network of sustainable mobile cinema. It had a world premiere in 2016 at Rencontres du Cinema, Marseille, France. The movie was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Film in the Ecuadorian Film Festival of New York (EFFNY), and selected for the Revolution Me Film Festival in Brooklyn and for the Latin and Iberian Film Festival at Yale University.

For more information, visit http://www.filmarte.ec/eng-vengo-volviendo online.