Institute of the Americas Upcoming Events

AMBULANTE BORDER SERIES

Sept. 7-9, 2012
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Institute of the Americas, UCSD campus, Hojel Hall of the Americas Auditorium

PROGRAM | AGENDA | PODCAST I PODCAST II

 

 

Free and Open to the General Public, but please register so we will know how many people to expect
Freedom of Expression. Child Migration. Arms Trafficking and Gun Control Policy.  Three of the most relevant issues affecting the bilateral relations between Mexico and its Central American and North American neighbors will be the subjects of this unique border series organized by Ambulante A.C., a non-profit organization founded in 2005 by actors Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz.

On three consecutive evenings, the Institute of the Americas, in cooperation with Ambulante A.C., the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), Delegacion de Playas de Tijuana, Centro Cultural La Raza, the Trans-Border Institute of San Diego, El Grafógrafo and Pasaje Rodríguez, will screen documentaries and host panel discussions. Experts will offer their views on these important issues, but we also welcome the public to take part in this program by offering differing perspectives and viewpoints during the discussions.

On Friday, Sept. 7, the Institute of the Americas will screen the documentary, “Tiroteo/Gun Fight,” directed by Barbara Kopple.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, “Arms Trafficking and Gun Control Policy Mexico –U.S.A.”

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Institute will screen, “Reportero/Reporter,” directed by Bernardo Ruiz.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, “Freedom of Expression and Persecution of Journalists.”

On Sunday, Sept. 9, we will screen, “Vol Special/Special Flight,” directed by Fernand Melgar.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, “Child Migration and Detention Centers.”

The Ambulate Border Series takes place during a critical period following the presidential elections in Mexico and preceding the elections in the U.S. to encourage public discussion on these issues. According to government sources, eight of every 10 weapons seized from organized crime in Mexico come from the United States.  The number of attacks on journalists in Mexico and Central America have increased and become more violent, with few measures being taken to guarantee their security and freedom to exercise their profession.  And child migration is also on the rise and the conditions in detention centers are deteriorating.

Join us for the screenings and for these timely discussions.

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