Conference on Community Writing and Visiting Filmmakers Series: Roundtable Conversation: Near the River with Ada Vilageliu-Diaz

Friday, October 22, 2021 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
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The roundtable conversation with Kari Fulton, Angela Mahecha, Ada Vilageliu-Diaz will address the making of the film Near the River and the role of women environmental leaders in Washington, DC. The roundtable will focus on the DC-WE project by Ecohermanas that led to the film which documented environmentalism, restorative justice, and community activism in DC.  

Near the River (2014) documents the cultural and environmental heritage of the Anacostia River and its impact on East of the River residents. This documentary focuses on the stories of women eco-leaders and community members about their relationships to the river after years of pollution and environmental neglect. Near the River features women eco-leaders who have redefined environmentalism, community activism, and their relationship with Mother Earth in the District. This film is based on the DC-WE project by Ecohermanas sponsored through a DC Community Heritage Project Grant by Humanities Council of Washington, DC. The film was in the official selection of film festivals in Colombia, Brazil, India, Spain, and the US.  

Ada Vilageliu-Díaz is an Assistant Professor in English at the University of the District of Columbia where she teaches composition, literature, creative writing, She received her Ph.D. in English from Howard University and her B.A. in English Philology from Universidad de La Laguna, Canary Islands. She has taught composition courses as full time lecturer at Howard University and Bowie State University. Her poetry has been published in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, American University’s Festival Latino-Americano de Poesía, and Knocking on the Door of the White House: Latina and Latino Poets in Washington, D.C. Her creative writing is based on legends and myths about the indigenous Guanches from the Canary Islands and focused on reconstructing a fragmented African Latina identity.
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For more information: 

Samantha Sinagra, Program and Academic Manager, Film at Mason

Anjuli Singh, Exhibitions and Office Coordinator, Film at Mason

Cynthia Fuchs, Director, Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason; Interim Director, Film at Mason 

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Sponsored by Film and Video Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Women and Gender Studies, University Life..

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