OPENING CELEBRATION & RECEPTION
Decade of Fire: Untold History of the Bronx
Afro-Latinx Experience: Philadelphia Stories
Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:30pm
Esperanza Arts Center marks the debut of our Primeros Viernes Cinema Series featuring works by two acclaimed Latina artists. Vivian Vasquez Irizarry and Sandra Andino share stories of beauty, injustice, identity, and ultimately triumph, through film and interactive photography documenting the lives of Latinos, Afro-Latinos, and African-Americans in New York and Philadelphia.
Join Decade of Fire documentary film maker, Irizarry, and Afro-Latinx Experience photographer Andino in an evening of visual storytelling and conversation followed by an opening reception celebrating the works of both artists and the individuals that inspired their work.
Doors open 7:00pm
Event Starts 7:30pm
Tickets $10 Adults
*Free Admission for children 18 and under
**Student must show school ID day of the event
More information: https://www.esperanzaartscenter.us/exhibitions/
-Vivian Vasquez Irizarry-
Decade of Fire
Resist, Remain, Rebuild
Vivian Vasquez Irizarry, filmmaker
Inaugural Cinema Series Screening
In the 1970’s the Bronx was on fire. Abandoned by city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit multi-ethnic neighborhood burned to the ground. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Puerto Rican residents bore the blame. Now Bronx-born, Vivian Vasquez Irizarry exposes the truth about the borough’s untold history and reveals how her community chose to resist, remain, and rebuild.
Sandra Andino, photographer
Photography Exhibit Unveiling
Photographer and cultural anthropologist Sandra Andino addresses the intersection of racial identity, racism and definitions of blackness among a group of Afro-Latinos in Philadelphia. In her photography exhibition, recorded excerpts of conversations offer an intimate view of the personal stories of these individuals and a collective consciousness about the connection of Latinos to their African heritage.
December 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Marangeli Mejia-Rabell, Moderator (Philadelphia Latino Film Festival Director)