(Lyka Sethi and Geoffrey Iwata, 2018, 65 minutes)
Puerto Rico has been in a colonial relationship with the U.S. since 1898. The documentary MOVING IN PLACE examines the current problems facing the island (high poverty, the recent debt/economic crisis and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria). We come to know several “millennials” torn between their commitment to the island and its culture or leaving to pursue opportunities on the mainland.
This is the Bay Area premiere of MOVING IN PLACE.
Join us for a special performance at the film screening by Aguacero, a performance and education project focusing on the traditions and creative expressions of Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance. “Aguacero” literally means a sudden heavy rainstorm usually followed by a refreshing sky clearing and gust of sunshine. The spirit and practice of Bomba, like an “aguacero,” is intense, healing and promotes life and growth.
Aguacero came together in 2006 as a collective of skilled Bay Area dancers, musicians, poets and songwriters practicing, studying, and performing Bomba and other Puerto Rican and Caribbean folkloric traditions. Today, Bomba is practiced and studied as a tool for cultural enrichment, community health and empowerment, and artistic expression.
This program is co-hosted by Cine+Mas SF, presenters of the 11th annual SF Latino Film Festival taking place September 14-30.
With a combined population of 45 million making up .6% of the earth’s population, the Caribbean has an impact well beyond those numbers. It is far more than a tourist destination. This film series - a combination of documentaries and fiction narratives - examines the various legacies of a region known for its history of slavery, colonialism and migration but the films also reveal the beauty, fierce resistance, regional interconnections, its internationalism, dexterity of its language(s) and its vibrant music.
This series is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox, on view May 8-August 11, 2019.This program is made possible by the generous support of