April 22, 2005

Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Women

A film and discussion
Wednesday, April 27 7 – 9 p.m. Voz Alta Project
Thursday, April 21 5-7pm Cross-Cultural Center
Free to the Public

In a collaborative effort to raise awareness about the human rights violations that are being committed against women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico the UCSD Cross Cultural Center, the Voz Alta Project and the San Diego Independent Media Center join audiences and communities for the showing of the film Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Women by Lourdes Portillo. Local artist Andi Brandenburg will install an alter paying tribute to the missing and murdered women of Juarez. The alter will be installed in the UCSD Cross Cultural Center lecture hall.

Señorita Extraviada is a poignant and powerful human rights film which has drawn international attention to the kidnapping, rape, and murder of more than 370 women in Juarez, Mexico – a story that has been under reported by the U.S. and world press. Once called “City of the Future” by pro-NAFTA advocates, Juarez has been an economic and urban model for many developing nations in Latin America. Yet in the midst of the city’s international mystique and high profile job market, a murky history of violence against women persists. Discussion will follow film screening. Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman tells the story of the hundreds of kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. The murders first came to light in 1993 and young women continue to “disappear” to this day (2005) without any hope of bringing the perpetrators to justice. Who are these women from all walks of life and why are they getting murdered so brutally? The documentary moves like the unsolved mystery it is, and the filmmaker poetically investigates the circumstances of the murders and the horror, fear and courage of the families whose children have been taken. Yet it is also the story of a city of the future; it is the story of the underbelly of our global economy

Mexico-born and Chicana identified, Lourdes Portillo’s films have focused on the search for Latino identi-ty.Portillo got her first filmmaking experience at the age of twenty-one when a friend in Hollywood asked her to help out on a documentary Over, Under, Sideways, Down After the Earthquake/Después del Terremoto, The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead, Columbus on Trial and In The Devil Never Sleeps, Portillo continues her effort to explore the Mexican psyche, and broaden the spectrum of screen representation of Latinos and Chicanos. Her tireless creative impulses are meanwhile driving her in new directions.

This event is part of the UCSD César Chávez Celebration the collaboration seeks to bridge the gap between the San Diego community and the UCSD Cross Cultural Center. This is also part of the San Diego Independent Media’s monthly film night at Voz Alta.

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