Thu, Aug 8
6PM: Patio Reception, 6:30 PM: Speaker, 7 PM: Film
Directed by: Lucia Puenza; Starring: Alex Brendemühl, Florencia Badoas Lilith, Diego Peretti, Natalia Oreiro; Spanish with Engish subtitles; 2014 (93min) PG-13
Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva, Enzo and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith, to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring “The German Doctor” to justice.
Guest Speaker: Marjorie Agosin – Award-winning Chilean author, poet, and professor.
Marjorie Agosín was raised in Chile, the daughter of Jewish parents who fled Europe. The family moved to the United states to escape the military coup that overthrew Salvador Allende’s Socialist government.
In both her scholarship and her creative work, Professor Agosin focuses on social justice, feminism, and remembrance and has received numerous honors and awards for her writing and work as a human rights activist, including a Jeanette Rankin Award in Human Rights and a United Nations Leadership Award for Human Rights. The Chilean government honored her with a Gabriela Mistral Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Agosín is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American studies and a professor of Spanish and Latin American literature at Wellesley College
As an author, she writes in many forms. Among her many books of poetry are AT THE THRESHOLD OF MEMORY (White Pine, 2003), AN ABSENCE OF SHADOWS (White Pine, 1998), and STARRY NIGHT (White Pine,1996), winner of the Letras de Oro Prize for poetry from the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Her most recent books of prose are WRITING TOWARDS HOPE: THE LITERATURE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA (Yale, 2006), SECRETS IN THE SAND: THE YOUNG WOMEN OF CIUDAD JUAREZ (White Pine,2006) and CARTOGRAPHIES: MEDITATIONS ON TRAVEL (Georgia, 2004), introduce by Isabel Allende.
Marjorie is an activist and spokesperson for women’s rights in Third World countries. Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts, the Letras de Oro Prize for Poetry, and the Latino Literature Prize. Massachusetts.