Lecture: Twenty Years of Documenting Community Activism and Historical Memory in Guatemala

Date: 10.12.2009

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Pauling Hall 216

  International Studies and Social and Behavioral Sciences of Soka University of America

 proudly presents

a presentation by Arturo Albizures and Boris Hernandez of Asociación Comunicarte

Admission: Free

Asociación Comunicarte is an organization dedicated to documenting the historical memory of the 30-year civil war in Guatemala as well as current social issues in that country. It was co-founded in the early 1990s by Arturo Albizures and Boris Hernandez, both graduates of the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City and long-time human rights activists. Over the last two decades Arturo and Boris have worked together to complete over 80 documentaries covering such diverse topics as the exhumations of massacres that occurred during the civil war, the return of Guatemalan refugees from Mexico, the struggles of indigenous communities over land rights and against multinational mining corporations, the struggles of labor unions over working conditions and worker rights, bilingual education in Mayan communities, the history of the women's movement and the fight against gender violence, and the history of the Guatemalan student movement. Their work has earned them several awards and the recognition of the important role they have played in helping communities and organizations document their struggles for human rights and against impunity.

During this presentation Arturo and Boris will present their film No Podemos Quedarnos Callados (We Have to Speak out: Justice for Genocide) and talk about their experiences working with communities and community activists through documentary film. They will also discuss their role in social movements in Guatemala and the importance of documenting historical memory in promoting social justice.