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Aftershocks of Disaster: Dr. Yarimar Bonilla in conversation with Professor Rojo Robles Mejias
Thursday, April 8
1pm
Aftershocks of Disaster
Dr. Yarimar Bonilla in conversation with Professor Rojo Robles Mejias
Video, color, sound, 35:29, 2019

In this documentary film, Yarimar Bonilla, co-editor of the book Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, travels through Puerto Rico to interview journalists, poets, photographers, visual artists, and community activists to discuss their perspectives on the island in the wake of Hurricane María. The film explores the ongoing "aftershocks" of the hurricane experienced by Puerto Ricans, which include state failure, social abandonment and disaster capitalism. Through thought-provoking interviews, affective readings, and reprrectorsentations of Puerto Rico’s decaying infrastructure and empowered community, the film explores both the unfolding crisis in Puerto Rico as well as the emergence of new political imaginaries and determination.

Yarimar Bonilla is Acting Director of El Centro, Professor in Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, and the PhD Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center.

Rojo Robles Mejias is a Puerto Rican writer, playwright, and filmmaker. He is Lecturer of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College.

CRITICAL ECOLOGY ON FILM

Some changes in the environment are easy to see while others are more covert. Through the work of four international artists/artist collectives, Critical Ecology on Film will expose and tackle questions regarding ecological crises in relation to climate change, inter-species communication, nuclear power, and colonial landscapes. Artists will join professors from across the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences to connect visual culture and the humanities in transdisciplinary conversations that concern the entanglement of politics and our contemporary ecologies. Each film will be screened followed by a conversation.

Apr 8, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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