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DIGNICRAFT: On Art and Activism


Oct 03 2017


11:45 am - 1:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad



A Border Collective on Art and Activism

Ana Paola Rodríguez, Omar Foglio, José Luis Figueroa, and David Figueroa form DIGNICRAFT, a hybrid art collective, activist media production company, and distributor of cultural goods inspired by human dignity and justice, the artisan process of creation, and the potential of collaboration to spark change. The collective produces documentaries, distributes films and crafts with great stories behind them, and models a collaborative workshop as part of a contemporary art project.

In this conversation, the members of DIGNICRAFT will present and discuss their collaborations, including the short film Fotoperiodista: Documenting Tijuana’s Refugee Crisis (2017, 15 min.). The film portrays the work of Omar Martínez, a photojournalist from Tijuana who followed more than 8,000 Haitian migrants to that city as they sought humanitarian visas to enter the United States. The film depicts the Caribbean migrants as the new regulation cancelling the TPS (Temporary Protection Status) for Haitians comes into effect. The film features music by Phil Beaumont and Matt Resovich of Little White Teeth.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. This event will be in Spanish and English with simultaneous translation.

Related event:

Film Premiere

Tata Padrinos (Godparents), 2017

7 pm, October 1, 2017
Silverspot Cinema
201 S Estes Dr #100
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

While in Durham, DIGNICRAFT will be also showing the film Tata Padrinos / Godparents (Dignicraft | Mexico-USA | 2017 | 62 min.) at the Silverspot Cinema as part of the NC Latin American Film Festival. The NCLAFF festival week will kick off on Sunday, October 1, with the premiere of Tata Padrinos. This documentary tells the story of a family of Purepecha, indigenous from Michoacan, Mexico, living in Newton, NC, and their struggle to maintain their culture while adapting to and participating in the American experience. A reception will follow the screening. The film will be introduced by the directors with the participation of participants on the project.

Related info:

As Haitian Refugees Settle in Mexico, A Photojournalist Documents A New Tijuana, Mariana Martínez Estens, KCET

In 2016, DIGNICRAFT won an Emmy for their work on an episode of Borderlands.

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