February 09, 2018–February 10, 2018

Isabel Arredondo: Considering Fernando Birri

Part of the IU Sawyer Seminar on Documentary Media and Historical Transformations

In collaboration with Wounded Galaxies and the Burroughs Century Ltd., the Center for Documentary Research and Practice presents this Sawyer Seminar event honoring Fernando Birri. Birri was an Argentine filmmaker and theorist, considered by many to be the father of the New Latin American Cinema. He died in December 2017, and this is the first event in what will surely be an international re-examination of his life and work.

Isabel Arredondo will present a lecture on Fernando Birri on Friday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. in the IU Cinema. The lecture is part of Sawyer Seminar series on “Documentary Media and Historical Transformations,” and is also part of a panel included in the Wounded Galaxies conference, but is free and open to the public, whether registered for the conference or not.

A screening of the full, rarely seen version of Birri’s film Org will be held Saturday, February 10th, 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Moving Image Archive’s screening room in the Wells Library. This film is an experimental documentary that uses a Hindu legend to explore Birri’s time spent in exile. The full version of the film, 2 hours and 57 minutes, is not often screened, so this is a rare opportunity to view it. Professor Arredondo will introduce the film.

Event Lecturer

Isabel Arredondo

Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Cultures

Isabel Arredondo teaches Latin American literature, film, language, and culture at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh. Her field of interest is minority discourse, especially gender and ethnicity. Dr. Arredondo has actively participated in the Latin American Studies Association, where she organized the program on Arts and the Media in 1998, chaired panels in 1995, 1997, and 2000, ad presented papers from 1995-2000. She has written extensively on Fernando Birri. Her most recent book is Palabra de Mujer: Historia oral de las directoras de cine mexicanas 1988-1994. Madrid: Iberoamericana & Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (2001).


Friday, February 9, 2018

2:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

“Considering Fernando Birri”

Lecture by Isabel Arredondo

Part of the Wounded Galaxies International Panel #7


Saturday, February 10, 2018

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Moving Image Archive Screening Room, Wells Library

Screening of the documentary film, Org

Introduction by Isabel Arredondo