April 07 2016
On March 19th, Dr. Lauren Shaw, Associate Professor of Romance Languages, presented a paper and chaired a panel at the Northeast Modern Languages conference hosted by the University of Connecticut. Dr. Shaw’s panel was on Latin American Immigration and its portrayal in documentary film. Three other panelists also presented work, which will be included in a book project that Dr. Shaw is co-editing with colleague and Latin American scholar, Esteban Loustaunau. Her paper speaks about child migrants from Central America and how their story is only partially portrayed in documentary and fiction films. Her "reading" of various films attempts to tell a more complete story.
On March 4th, Dr. Shaw presented a paper in Mérida, Mexico, on the Water War of Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2000. Her paper was part of a panel on the documentary films of Mexican filmmaker, Tin Dirdamal. Shaw spoke about Dirdamal’s film, Ríos de hombres (Rivers of Men) and the feature film by Spanish filmmaker, Icíar Bollaín, entitled También la lluvia (Even the Rain). Both films deal with the Water War in Bolivia but assert very different questions about social movements and the ethics of social change. While in Mexico, Dr. Shaw was also able to interview Tin Dirdamal. Though Shaw’s paper was on The Bolivian Water War, it was Dirdamal's first film, De nadie, which introduced her to the issue of Central American migrants crossing Mexico on route to the United States. Shaw is currently transcribing the interview, and it will appear in the second half of the above-mentioned book which is titled Migrant Voices: Latin American Diaspora in Documentary Film.
Dr. Lauren Shaw, Associate Professor of Romance Languages, presented a paper in Mérida, Mexico, on the Water War of Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2000. Her paper was part of a panel on the documentary films of Mexican filmmaker, Tin Dirdamal. (L to R) Jared List, Lauren Shaw, Tin Dirdamal, Esteban Loustaunau.