The film chosen for this week was “Maria Full of Grace”, directed by Joshua Marston. Set in Columbia, this film follows a young girl named Maria who gets pregnant and results in becoming a drug mule to help her earn money. Maria worked in a factory in a small town outside of Bogota, helping provide […]
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The film chosen for this week is “City of God’, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lundelles. Based on a true story, this movie follows the paths of two boys named Rocket and José “Zé” Pequeno. Rocket, an aspiring young photographer, who tries to avoid a life of crime and drugs. While Zé does whatever […]
The film chosen for this week was “No”, directed by Pablo Larraín starring Gael Garcia Bernal. Set in 1988, this film follows the referendum called by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet that allowed the people to vote either “yes”, to have him stay in power for another eight years, or “no”, to have his term come to […]
In June 2009 center-left Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was removed from power in a military coup widely seen as being backed by the US. Ten years later, in June 2019, a massive street revolt against the continued rule of right-wing Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) shakes the small Central American nation. Neither event has had […]
In April 2018 a wave of protest sparked by planned pension reforms initiated by the government of Nicaragua, led by President Daniel Ortega, met with a brutal state crackdown that left many peaceful protesters injured, dead or arrested. The repression of civil society forced many left-wing and feminist activists into exile. LASC, as an organization […]
This year, LASC’s annual Latin America Week (LAW) was focused on Gender and Extractive Industries. Between April 6th and 13th we hosted a series of talks in Dublin, Cork and Galway to explore how extractive industries impact on women in Latin America, and links back to Ireland. We also hosted an event titled “Poetry, Song […]
According to Mexican government figures, some 15 million of its citizens, more than 12% of the population, are indigenous. Although Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), called on the Spanish state to apologise for its treatment of the indigenous during the period of conquest and colonisation, indigenous peoples still suffer discrimination and marginalisation […]
Sally O’Neill Sanchez was an Irish woman and long-time Trócaire aid worker who spent over 40 years in Latin America. On Sunday 7th of March, she, along with her travelling companions Ana Paula Hernández of the Fund for Global Human Rights, and Ana Velásquez of the Consejo del Pueblo Occidente, and Daniel Tuc, their driver, […]
Since March 12 in Colombia, there has been a very strong mobilization in the Cauca region (echoed in other parts of the country) driven by indigenous and social organizations: the Minga. Minga is an ancient indigenous tradition of community or collective work for social utility purposes. The Indigenous people of Cauca have applied the […]