La Tierra de los Adioses
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
in collaboration with
CUNY Mexican Studies Institute
The Land of Goodbyes (La Tierra de los Adioses)
Thursday June 5 at 6:00pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Haaren Hall Building - Room 630
899 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Space is limited.
Join Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders and the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute for the screening of the documentary film, La Tierra de los Adioses (The Land of Goodbyes) winner of the Best Latin American Short Documentary Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto from the filmmakers Stefani Saintonge and Chantal Flores filmed in Zapotitlán, Oaxaca.
La Tierra de los Adioses (The Land of Goodbyes) is a documentary about Zapotitlán Palmas, Oaxaca, Mexico, a small rural community where 50 percent of residents (80% of men) have migrated to the United States. The women, children and few men left behind continue their lives while watching their town being slowly abandoned. Engulfed in a culture of migration, where most are dependent on family members working abroad, they have the same universal aspirations of progress, a better life and a day where they stop saying good bye.
The Lopez family is split by a border. A mother and her three daughters stay in a rural Mexican town, where the lack of job opportunities have forced 50% of residents (80% of men) to migrate to the U.S. A father, a son and an uncle work construction in Richmond, Virginia dreaming about home but traumatized by the journey they endured to the other side. 'La Tierra de los Adioses' tells the modern immigration story about torn families, a culture of migration and the policies that keep the cycle spinning.
About the filmmakers:
Stefani Saintonge is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and adjunct professor based in New York. She is the recent recipient of the ESSENCE Magazine Discovery Award for her narrative short film, Seventh Grade, a coming-of-age story about adolescent girls and sex. Her documentary short, La Tierra de los Adioses, was named Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University, where she currently teaches. Haitian-American and proud, her work focuses on immigration, women, youth and community. She is also a freelance cinematographer.
Chantal Flores is a Mexican independent journalist. She has worked in publications in Ghana, Toronto, and New York, and as a media consultant for IWPR in Latin America. For the past years, she has been investigating the social impact of immigration in Mexico and Central America.
Support to Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders is provided, in part by, Union Square Awards, a project of the Tides Center; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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