Thursday, November 1, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 PM
University of Chicago
Logan Center for the Arts, Room 802
915 East 60th Street (at Drexel Avenue)
We invite you to join us for a screening of the documentary, La Toma, which documents the struggle of an Afro-Colombian gold-mining community in southwestern Colombia to remain on its territory. Home to 1,052 families, La Toma was founded by runaway slaves in 1636. Over the centuries, they have developed a culture and history that is tied to this land, carving out environmentally sustainable livelihoods through artisanal gold mining and basic agricultural projects, and grounding their traditions in this ancestral place.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Afro-Colombian activist, Francia Marquez, who is featured in the documentary. Francia is a leader with the grassroots organization, Black Communities Process (PCN), and is founder of the Association of Afro-Colombian Women of Yolombe.
This event is co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, the Program on Human Rights, and the Latin America and Caribbean Working Group at the University of Chicago. Francia Marquez's visit is part of a speaking tour organized by Witness for Peace.
Refreshments will be served and the event is free & open to the public. Persons with disabilities that may need assistance should contact CSRPC in advance at 773-702-8063.