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Opening of Indocumentales Film Series: "Chicago Boys"

Monday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

King Juan Carlos Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 (map)


The first installment of the Indocumentales series, which sponsors film screenings and conversations about migration. We will be presenting award-winning documentary film by Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano  "Chicago Boys".

Indocumentales is a film and conversation series exploring the immigrant experience. This series is presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical, and What Moves You?, and brings together educators, filmmakers, community activists, and the general public in conversation about current issues related to migration and inspired by groundbreaking films.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with NYU's Hemispheric Institute Managing Director Marcial Godoy and Paul Hoeffel, Director of Rain Barrell Communications.

About the film:

After the 1973 coup which brought Augusto Pinochet to power, a group of Chilean economists were given the power to turn Chile into a laboratory for the world's most radical neo-liberal experiments.

These men, including Sergio de Castro and Rolf Lüders, both of whom would serve as ministers of finance during the Pinochet years, met in the 1950s at the University of Chicago, where they studied under the famed economist Milton Friedman, and the man who would become their mentor, Arnold Harberger.

CHICAGO BOYS is their story from their student days through the dictatorship, told by the Chicago Boys themselves. Could their program for 'economic freedom,' such a drastic restructuring of the Chilean economy, only have been implemented by an authoritarian regime? What were they willing to do to achieve their goals? And how do they see the long-term results today?

Even though they do eventually acknowledge some of the darker sides of their work, Lüders "couldn't care less about inequality," de Castro feels bad for the torturers, and they all seem completely baffled by those Chileans who have filled the streets, for five years now, in protest against their legacy.

About the speakers:

Marcial Godoy-Anativia is a sociocultural anthropologist and the Managing Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University. He is co-editor, with Zeynep Gambetti, of Rhetorics of Insecurity: Belonging and Violence in the Neoliberal Era (NYU Press, 2013). He is also Editor, with Jill Lane, of e-misférica, the Institute's trilingual online journal. As part of his work on the Institute's initiative on Religion and Politics in the Americas, he recently co-edited Religiones, matrimonio igualitario y aborto: Alianzas con y entre actores religiosos por los derechos sexuales y reproductivos en Argentina (CDD Ediciones, 2014). From 2000-2007, he worked in the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean and the Program on International Collaboration at the Social Science Research Council. His publications include “Between the Hammer and the Anvil: Middle East Studies in the Aftermath of 9/11,” “We Are Living in a Time of Pillage: A Conversation with Carlos Monsiváis,” and Ciudades Translocales: Espacios, flujo, representación—Perspectivas desde las Américas, co-edited with Rossana Reguillo (ITESO, 2005). In 2003, he co-edited a special issue of Estudios migratorios latinoamericanos, entitled "Los flujos translocales en las Américas." Marcial also serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA).

Paul Hoeffel is currently the Director of the New York-based Rain Barrel Communications, a consultancy focused on development and social justice issues. Beginning in Chile during the popular movement of Salvador Allende, Paul worked for several years as a correspondent in Latin America and the Caribbean. He joined the United Nations in the 1983, and left the Organization in 2007 after serving as Director of the UN Information Centre in Mexico. He joined the cabinet of former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d’Escoto, during his presidency of the General Assembly in 2008/9 serving as his speechwriter and communications advisor.  Paul recently returned to New York after working for five years in South Africa. rainbarrelcommunications.com

This event is free and open to the public. ID is required to enter the building.


This event is free and open to the public. ID is required to enter the building.