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May Sumak! Quichwa Film Showcase

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Saturday, March 28, 2015

Multiple locations and times

About

May Sumak: Quichwa Film Showcase is an event series featuring three days of Quechua/Kichwa film screenings and discussions throughout New York City (Manhattan, Bronx, & Queens).  Join us for a celebration of indigenous and community filmmaking in the Quechua languages spoken throughout the Andes and New York.


Partners

Curated by: Runasimi Outreach Committee of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU


Sponsored by: The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, Center for Media, Culture, and History of NYU, Queens Museum, Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies of Lehman College, Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Department of Spanish and Portuguese of  NYU, the Department of Cinema Studies of NYU, Hemispheric Institute of Politics and Performance at NYU, Runacinema Film Collective, and the Consulate General of Ecuador.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

May Sumak: Quichwa Film Showcase Opening Night ~ Sneak Preview of ‘Killa

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Diker Pavilion, George Gustav Heye Center, One Bowling Green, New York, NY, 10004.

Presenter: Runasimi Outreach Committee (CLACS, NYU)


Description: Please join us for a special sneak preview of “Killa,” the first feature film in Kichwa made by Ecuadorian Kichwa speakers. World renowned filmmakers Alberto Muenala and Frida Muenala will share their perspectives on the collective filmmaking behind this project. A reception will follow.

**Please note that this film will be in Quichwa with English subtitles.


Killa, Directed by Alberto Muenala (Kichwa) of Runacinema.

Filmmaking history and drama converge in Killa — the first-ever feature length film produced by indigenous Kichwa peoples — to recreate their community’s struggles against institutional racism, government corruption, and historic betrayal. Runacinema is a collective composed of Kichwa filmmakers whose various talents and skill levels combine to depict Ecuador’s diversity through the eyes of its multicultural communities. By sharing resources, learning from one another, and creating culturally relevant works, the collective is a model for community-centered media initiatives.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 (day)

May Sumak: Quichwa Film Showcase ~ Indigenous Filmmaking Then and Now

Time: 9:30am registration, 10am-3:30pm screenings and discussions

Location: New York University. Michelson Theater, Cinema Studies,Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 6th floor.

Presenter: Runasimi Outreach Committee (CLACS, NYU)


Description: Join us for a full day of Quichwa films and dialogue about “Indigenous Filmmaking Then and Now.” The morning will feature two films, followed by a discussion on the history of indigenous filmmaking with Alberto Muenala. The afternoon session will showcase four short films followed by a discussion on gender issues and contemporary indigenous filmmaking with Frida Muenala.

**Please note that these films will be in Quichwa with English subtitles.


9:30 am: Registration


10 am-12pm: Andean peoples defending their rights: Yakumanta, by Alberto Muenala (Kichwa), about an Ecuadorean Kichwa protest for water, and Runan Caycu (Nora de Izcue, SINAMOS/ICAIC, 1973) a previously banned film about Peruvian union organizing preceding the agrarian reform. A discussion with Alberto Muenala about the the history of indigenous filmmaking and politics and will follow the screenings.

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch break


1:30pm-3:30pm Four short films directed by women, then have a conversation with filmmaker Frida Muenala (Kichwa) from Ecuador.

Erase Una Voz (Once Upon a Voice) (Harold Palacios Rodríguez, 2012) is a narrative short that explores how a mother and her daughter seek a positive response to their being swindled. La Flor Que Vive/The Living Flower, by Pelagia Gutiérrez Vega (Peru, 2013), presents a Peruvian healer and her immense knowledge of local plants. Urku Tayta/Father Mountain, by Mónica Visarrea (Ecuador, 2010) tells the story of an Ecuadorean boy who searches for a cure for his father in the mountains. Finally, the thriller Ella/Her, by Frida Muenala of Runacinema, is a chilling tale that raises questions about the dynamics of present-day Andean relationships. After these films there will be a conversation with Frida Muenala about contemporary indigenous women filmmaking.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 (evening)


Title: May Sumak: Quichwa Film Showcase ~ Panamericana: Quichwa Filmmaking in the Americas

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Lehman College, East Dining Room of the Music Building, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, The Bronx, NY 10468 (map)

Presenter: Runasimi Outreach Committee (CLACS, NYU)


Description: Join us in the evening at the Music Building for a screening of four short films that represent the diversity of Quichwa filmmaking in North and South America:

Runasimiwan Kawsay/Living Quechua (US, 2014) by Christine Mladic Janney (NYU), a short documentary about one woman’s fight to mission to keep Quechua alive in New York City.

Wanchaq - Pacha Tinku (2007), by Erick Aquino Montoro, a documentary that follows the daily life of two families who commute daily to the city of Ancash, Peru, to work.

Naupaq Chullpa (2013) by Docuandantes, a documentary about a man who recounts how life used to be for the people of his small town, Chullpa, in Bolivia.

Ay Taquicgu (1991) by Alberto Muenala, probably the first documentary ever made in Ecuador by Kichwas. The film depicts Alberto’s lens into his community in Otavalo, Ecuador as they play and recount stories about their music.

Screenings will be followed by a discussion with Alberto Muenala, Frida Muenala, and Christine Mladic Janney, and a reception. **Please note that films will be in Quichwa with Spanish subtitles.


We will end the night with a reception, where we will be able to discuss the films and new developments in Indigenous filmmaking over refreshments.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

May Sumak: Quichwa Film Showcase ~ Films, Music, and Dancing at Queens Museum

Date: Saturday, March 28 2015

Time: 1-4pm

Location: Queens Museum. New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY 11368

Presenter: Runasimi Outreach Committee (CLACS, NYU)


Please join us for two screenings and a celebratory concert with Inkarayku.

**Please note that films will be in Quichwa with Spanish subtitles.



1pm-1:45pm: Film screenings

Qallay: La fiesta de las flores, directed and produced by Docuandantes, features the ritual feast of flowers to mother earth in Kallawaya, Bolivia.

Mosocc Punchau, directed and produced by Chirapaq, a non-governmental agency working for Indigenous rights and culture in Peru (http://www.chirapaq.org.pe/). young girl is elected to represent her small community in Ayacucho, Peru. Following these short films will be a discussion with filmmakers Alberto Muenala and Frida Muenala from Ruphay- Runacinema Laboratorio, about their film collective and an upcoming special project.


1:45pm-3:15pm: Join us for a dance party with New York-based Andean band, Inkarayku, which will be preceded by brief performances by Wawa Sumags and Ecuador Sumag Llacta.


3:15pm-4pm: Repeat screenings

For attendees who aren’t able to attend the 1pm screening of films and discussion, or for those who simply would like to watch the films again, here is another opportunity to do this. The same films will be screened — Qallay: Fiesta de las flores and Mosocc Punchau.




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