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Puerto Rican Voices! Season 5 Launch – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Voices! Season 5 Launch – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Location: Archivo General de Puerto Rico – Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña

Cost: Free

November 12 @ 4:30 pm 7:00 pm EST

Puerto Rican Voices Season 5, produced by CENTRO, launches in November of this year! This season, which will be broadcasted on CUNY-TV, focuses on investigative storytelling, looking at the Puerto Rican experience through a transnational lens and building a bridge between the diaspora and the archipelago. Join CENTRO Directora Yarimar Bonilla, filmmakers Juan C. Davila and Ismael “Kique” Cubero García, and Directors Sonia Fritz and Ana Maria Garcia, with Carlos Weber as moderator for the season five premier in Puerto Rico at the…

Archivo General de Puerto Rico – Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña

Avenida de la Constitución
#500 Puerta de Tierra
San Juan, Puerto Rico

This season features five mini-documentaries focused on current issues in Puerto Rico, including LUMA, Act 22, and more. Catch the new trailer and some clips from season five, then join the show’s producers as they talk about their experiences creating this season. This event is put on in partnership with BoriMix and the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.

Puerto Rican Voices is an investigative TV documentary series about colonialism in Puerto Rico. In the aftermath of hurricane María, the island has struggled to get back on its feet, and instead of getting more prepared in the wake of climate change, Puerto Rico finds itself in an even more fragile state. It is within this environment that the government puts forward a privatization agenda, providing unprecedented tax breaks to investors. This five-part series explores the energy crisis, pollution, displacement, and economic precarity, resulting from a decade-long recession, and the aftershocks of hurricane María. Looking at the intersections of resilience, and resistance, Puerto Rican Voices provides a map to the ongoing issues of Puerto Rico. 

Yarimar Bonilla is the Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She is also a Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Hunter College and in the PhD Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is an award-winning scholar and prominent public intellectual, Dr. Bonilla is a major voice on issues of Caribbean and Latinx politics. She has contributed to the New Yorker, the Nation, and the Washington Post, writes a monthly column called “En Vavién” for Puerto Rico’s newspaper El Nuevo Día, and is frequently heard on National Public Radio and television programs such as Democracy Now.

Carlos Weber has been a journalist since 1980 working in print, radio, television and independent media. He has a degree in journalism and communications from the Universidad Argentina John F Kennedy since 1981. Weber worked in radio media in the USA (Tampa, AMA-86 from 1981-85. Channel 24 News Puerto Rico (1987-1990). WIPR radio (1991). Teleonce, then Univision (1991-2014). From 2014 onwards he worked in freelance journalism.

Sonia Fritz studied communication at UNAM and worked as a freelancer in films and documentaries. In 1985 she moved to Puerto Rico and established herself as a director and producer of documentaries and fiction films that deal with gender, migration, culture and environment. Her most recent fiction film is America, distributed by Amazon Prime, selected by the festivals of Huelva, Montreal, Guadalajara, Rabat, San Diego Latino, Chicago Latino, etc. She is currently working on a feature documentary, Voces de pasión, about five Puerto Rican protagonists recognized on stages around the world and projecting the songs of composers from the island.

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Juan Carlos Dávila is the Series Producer of the CENTRO TV show, “Puerto Rican Voices”. Juan is a documentary filmmaker, and multimedia journalist who focuses on coloniality, climate change, and networked social movements. He has directed three long-form documentary films: Compañerxs de lucha (2012), Vieques: una batalla inconclusa (2016), and Simulacros de liberación (2021), his first film to be released in theaters. Juan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts of Communication from Universidad de Sagrado Corazón, two Master’s of Arts Degrees from the University of California-Santa Cruz: one in Social Documentation, and another in Latin American and Latinx Studies.

Ana María García is the producer, director and screenwriter of the feature documentary “Rafael Cancel Miranda: I’m not sorry for what I did” produced by the School of Communication at UPR, Río Piedras Campus, with the support of the Puerto Rican Foundation for the Humanities. She is also currently working on the documentary Puerto Rico without Puerto Ricans, (preliminary title) sponsored by the Puerto Rican Voices Series by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York. García is a retired associate professor of the School of Communication and Information at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.

Ismael “Kique” Cubero Garcia is a documentary filmmaker with experience as an editor, sound recordist, researcher and video photographer. In 2002 he became a member of the production team of Zona Franca, a W.I.P.R. TV documentary series. Amongst other achievements, Zona Franca was awarded an EMMY for its documentary Vieques en el espejo de Panama directed/produced by Eduardo Aguiar under the executive production of journalist Luis Fernando Coss. In 2007, Cubero Garda started studies at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in San Antonio de los Banos, Havana, Cuba.

Noelia Quintero Herencia is a Puerto Rican filmmaker, screenwriter, visual artist, and researcher. Her work stretches the limits between the popular and the conceptual in universes where cine imperfecto coexist with historical documents and the weird. In the 2000s, she directed and produced the first 52 episodes of the documentary series on Puerto Rican art and culture Prohibido Olvidar, a collaboration between WIPR and the University of Puerto Rico. Noelia has worked in television production in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the United States. She wrote and directed the documentary on urban art La Motora Roja tiene que aparecer (2008) and the fiction feature film PAPI (2020).  Since 2009 she has been conceptualizing and directing the audiovisual pieces that accompany Rita Indiana s musical work. She was director of the Department of Art, work has been exhibited at the CIRCA Art Fair (Puerto Rico), Centro León (Dominican Republic), Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala) and at the Leslie-Lohman Museum (New York city), among others. 

Andrea Melina Cruz Tirado is a female Puerto Rican artist, singer-songwriter, born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico in 1994. Andrea launched her first musical project titled Amapola in 2014, positioning her within the alternative music scene on her home island. In 2017, Cruz  released her debut album, Tejido de laurel, which went on to climb the top of the charts within Puerto Rico’s most important music lists. After two years of sharing her sound in and outside of Puerto Rico, including popular festivals in the US such as SXSW and LAMC, she also collaborated with artists such as Lizbeth Román, Fofé Abreu, Los Wálters, and was the opening act at the Concert Soy yo by Kani García in Puerto Rico. The singer-songwriter started 2019 with an extraordinary NPR Tiny Desk concert and the release of the single Véngole featuring Gaby Moreno. She went on tour in Mexico and various countries in Latin America to promote Véngole with the purpose of raising awareness about the reproductive health of women. In 2020, she launched her second production Sentir no es del tiempo, and she just released a beautiful  compilation of songs that didn’t get to be, Lo que no fue canción in the form of a lovely book, available now.

Fabiola Méndez is a Puerto Rican cuatro player, educator, and composer that has taken part in a musical movement, crossing over the lines of genres such as folkloric, jazz & Latin. Her musicality and original compositions take the listener on a journey through her identities and culture, while celebrating and exploring the versatility of the cuatro puertorriqueño. Recognized for being the first student to graduate from Berklee College of Music with the cuatro as principal instrument (2018), Fabiola performs nationally and internationally, and works as a composer for children’s shows Alma’s Way (PBS Kids) and Sesame Street’s Mecha Builders (HBO Max). She has received numerous awards, including the Quincy Jones Award for outstanding composition, WBUR’s ARTery 25, the Brother Thomas Fellowship, Whippoorwill Arts Fellowship, and a motion from the Puerto Rican House of Representatives for her work around social justice through the arts.

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