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CP at Encuentro 2014

June 22, 2014 - June 28, 2014

Cinema Politica is absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics this summer at Concordia University in Montreal, where we will join in collaboration with their Encuentro 2014 conference and performance festival. Every two years the Hemispheric Institute hosts such a gathering, where according to the organization art meets politics through performance, dialogue, experimentation and collaboration.

According to the Institute: "Each Encuentro brings together between 500 and 700 scholars, artists, activists and students to take part in a week-long program of keynote lectures, work groups, teach-ins, performances, installations, roundtable and long table discussions, urban interventions, visual arts exhibits, and hands-on performance workshops."


The 2014 Encuentro’s theme is Manifest! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas, and Cinema Politica has put together an exciting program of 14 incredible feature-length, mid-length and short independent works to screen during the conference/festival.

"Creativity, Colonization, Contestation: Indigenous Cultures and Peoples of the Americas on Screen and Stage" will run from Sunday, June 22 to Saturday, June 28, in Concordia's J.A. de Sève Cinema, and admission will be by donation. The program consists of fiction, documentary and experimental works from across the Americas, with a special focus on Aboriginal artists working north of the 49th. This program is made up of exceptional works that engage with the histories, cultures, politics and manifestations of communities of artists, activists, and people living and working in the Americas. We have assembled these works in the spirit of collaboration that Encuentro champions, and as such we are confident that audiences will find both rich encounters on the screen and around the screening space.

You can download the PDF of the program here, or peruse the films listed below, complete with trailers and all relevant screening and production information.


The ninth Encuentro invites scholars, activists, and artists of all disciplines to examine the practical, ethical, aesthetic, theatrical, and performative dimensions of manifests and manifestations throughout the Americas at Concordia University from June 21 to 28, 2014.

MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas explores through research, performance and art the following: How are performances mobilized and syncretized in civic, community, and cultural contexts to create manifold forms of political expression? How do public, theatrical events produce ‘evidence’ that manifests ideas otherwise invisible, hidden, or unspeakable? What new manifestations, manifestos, festivals, and manifs emerge via our changing visions of political spaces, intellectual arenas, and the everyday street? The 2014 Encuentro invites artists, activists, and scholars to engage with and investigate the aesthetic, social, and choreographic techniques that transform political ideas into collective images, through actions, embodied utterances, and ways of being. Such questions resonate in the host city of Montréal, where la manifestation has a rich and ongoing history. We invite your manifestations, provocations, and proposals for work group participation, roundtables, exhibits, urban interventions, workshops, and performances.

Image at top: Production still from Jeff Barnaby’s RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, which screens at the CP program at Encuentro 2014.

Image in text: CORPO INSURRECTO - Ações Psicomágicas pra um mundo estragado from the 8th Encuentro of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics - Cities | Bodies | Action: The Politics of Passion in the Americas, São Paulo, Brazil - Jan 2013. A performance project by Roberto Sifuentes & Dani d’Emilia, in collaboration with Filipe Espindola & Sara Panamby, Teatro Operações, Regina Muller, Vanessa Bordin, Eduardo de Paula and Ronaldo Zaphas. Photo credit: Julio Pantoja, Francisco Soares, Frances Pollitt


Jun 28
05:00 pm
Jeff Barnaby / CA / 2013 / 88 '
Guided by the spirits of her departed mother and brother, an aboriginal teenager plots revenge against a sadistic Indian Agent.
Jun 27
05:00 pm
Lourdes Portillo / MX / 2001 / 74 '
This compelling doc follows the hundreds of unsolved murders of women that have occurred over the past 10 years in Cuidad Juarez, on the Mexican-American border.
Jun 26
06:30 pm
This inspiring doc follows a Nicaraguan women’s rights group, Puntos de Encuentro, as it works to end sexual violence at home, in bed and in the streets.
Jun 26
05:00 pm
Skawennati / CA / 2013 / 75 '
This project re-orients the subjectivity of indigenous lived experience & fantasy through movie-making in a virtual environment.
Jun 25
05:00 pm
María Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez / CO / 2013 / 68 '
A musical journey that tells the histories of resistance and creation in the face of every-day violence in Colombia.
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