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Film Screening: EL PUEBLO SE LEVANTA and A LUTA CONTINUA

Sunday, May 14, 7pm

Celebrate the closing of our current exhibition with us as we watch these two amazing films!

Produced in 1971, El Pueblo Se Levanta (50 minutes) portrays the racial discrimination, deficient community services, and poor education and job opportunities faced by Puerto Rican communities in the United States. This film focuses on the community of East Harlem and is narrated by the people it portrays, capturing the compassion and militancy of the Young Lords as they implemented their own health, educational, and public assistance programs and fought back against social injustice.

We will watch this film in conversation with A Luta Continua (1972) (32 minutes), which records Mozambican guerillas fighting colonialism in the liberated areas of Mozambique. Filmed by African American lawyer Robert Van Lierop in solidarity with FRELIMO, A Luta Continua gives voice to similar demands for health care, education reform, and gender equality that we hear from the Young Lords in El Pueblo Se Levanta. Together, these films provide us with a global perspective on anti-colonial struggle of the 1970s and they give voice to material we see on the walls as part of Interference Archive’s current exhibition, Finally Got the News: The Printed Legacy of the U.S. Radical Left, 1970-1979.

Left image: Robert Van Lierop, originally printed in April 1972 issue of Southern Africa: A Monthly Survey of News and Opinions. Right image: film still from El Pueblo Se Levanta, courtesy of Third World Newsreel.

This event is organized in collaboration with Third World Newsreel and is part of a project that is supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant.

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