Film Screening: The Vieques Struggle
March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Once one of the most important military bases in the world, the island of Vieques, as well as Culebra and the area of Roosevelt Roads, were used for more than 60 years as land for a variety of military practices by the US Navy. The movement to obtain the departure of the navy or “Peace for Vieques” was undoubtedly a milestone in contemporary Puerto Rican history. However, their claims continue, as neither the total return of the lands nor the necessary decontamination has happened, and no compensation has been directed to concretize the equality and justice that the Culebrenses, Viequenses and Puerto Ricans deserve.
This special, 3-part film screening will present a series of documentaries that show the historical background of the Vieques case, so that we can understand, accompany and learn from the Vieques struggle. The films are part of the The Vieques Historical Archives (AHV), which was established in 1990 as a center for research on Vieques with a huge amount of documentation related to a wide variety of topics: archeology, architecture, literature, African slavery and the sugar industry of the nineteenth century, twentieth-century sugar mills, worker struggle of 1915, the presence and activities of the United States Navy on the island and the historic and heroic struggle against the military presence. Both the AHV and Museum of Vieques Historic Memory (MMHV) document the socio-historical processes Vieques from the perspective of people in struggle.
Part 1: Sunday March 24, 4-6 PM
Vieques: an island and its people (Vicente Juarbe, 1981)
Vieques: un pueblo forjando futuros (Johanna Bermúdez, 2001)
Part 2: Sunday, March 31, 4-6 PM
Cuando lo pequeño se hace grande (Mariem Pérez, 2000)
Vieques: worth every bit of struggle (Ernesto Peña, 2004)
Part 3: Sunday, April 7, 4-6 PM
Vieques: Una batalla inconclusa (Juan C. Dávila)
Join us for comments by Robert Rabin (Director, Radio Vieques) and Juan Carlos Dávila (Director, Vieques: una batalla inconclusa), after the screening on April 7 for the closing.
$10 suggested donation for each screening (no one will be turned away for lack of funds).
**All the profits obtained will be destined to Radio Vieques, a non profit organization and community radio station that works with the communities in the east of Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra**
Diana Ramos GutiérrezDiana Ramos Gutiérrez graduated from the Department of Hispanic Studies and History of Latin America at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She has collaborated with alternative media in Puerto Rico and Latin America, including Revista Cruce, Diálogo Digital, 80grados, Espacio Insular (Dominican … Read More ›