Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
CGIS South, S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street
Speaker: Jeffrey Gould, Film Director & Visiting Scholar in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University
Moderator: Kirsten Weld, Professor of History, Harvard University
During the early 1970s, hundreds of peasants in a remote region of El Salvador began to emulate the early Christians, working the land together and building communities based on solidarity. By the late 1970s, thousands of peasants in northern Morazán organized to resist National Guard repression which often involved torture and executions. In 1980s, the military engaged in scorched earth operations against their villages, inaugurating a 12-year civil war. La Palabra en el Bosque (The Word in the Woods) tells their stories. At the end of the film the protagonists reflect upon their struggles in the light of current reality. La Palabra en el Bosque was nominated for Outstanding Documentary at the Queens World Film Festival and was selected at the Ciné de las Américas Film Festival, Ethnografilm (Paris), and LASA.
Jeffrey L. Gould is the James H. Rudy Professor of History at Indiana University. From 1995-2008, he was Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is currently Associate Director and co-founder of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice.
Kirsten Weld is an historian of modern Latin America. Her research explores struggles over equality, justice, and social inclusion in the twentieth-century Americas, examining how those struggles have manifested in political conflict and how their consequences continue to resonate.