This ongoing series showcases new documentaries that address contemporary issues and ideas, films that will provoke discussion, oftentimes about subjects that are underrepresented in the mass media. First up is a free screening of Eduardo Lopez’s powerful look at the connection between the US immigration crisis and the history of American intervention in Latin America, Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America, with Lopez in attendance. This event is sponsored by the Latino Studies Program, Latino Living Center, CUSLAR, Latin American Studies Program and Cornell Cinema. Becoming Traviata is a behind-the-scenes look at a production of the Verdi opera starring French soprano Natalie Dessay for the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2011. The Act of Killing, one of the most talked-about and wrenching documentaries of the year, provides a chilling look at Indonesian death squad leaders reenacting the real-life mass killings they carried out in 1965, but were never held accountable for. Cosponsored with the Southeast Asia program, this film will be followed by a post-screening discussion.
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