Central American studies to host two documentary filmmakers this week

Jonathan R. Diaz

Central American Indigenous Studies Lecture Series will present a film screening entitled,  “Life and Empowerment Through the Kuna and Embera Lenses.

Panamanian Documentary filmmaker Anayansi Prado will talk about the community of Akua-Yala in Panama. She will screen two short films produced by the youth of the indigenous Kuna and Embera people. Prado previously directed and produced the documentaries, “Children in No Man’s Land” and “Maid in America.”

Her prior documentary “Paraiso for Sale,’ looked at Americans emigrating to Panama and the effects on the local community. This documentary won awards from the Panama International Film Festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

She is also the founder of Impacto Films and the non-profit Impacto project whose mission is to bring photography and video training to youth in developing countries.

Prado is an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The event is sponsored by the College of Humanities Academic Programming Fund, Central American studies department, Central American Research and Policy Institute, the Central American United Student Association, the Non-profit Wapikoni and Impacto Films. The event will take place today from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Jerome Richfield 315.

The Central American studies department will present another lecture on Wednesday by Jason Wallach, activist and documanetary filmmaker. He will be talking about his documentary called, “Until the Last Drop: Tales from El Salvador’s Agua Apocalypse.” The film examines opposing views of water management in El Salvador.

The documentary looks at the issues facing the privatization of El Salvador’s water which could have effects throughout Latin America where water is becoming scarce. The lecture will be presented by the college of humanities academic program fund. It will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Jacaranda Hall 3514.