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Human Rights Happy Hour: Nostalgia de la Luz to screen with discussion following, March 7, 2011

On Monday, March 7, 2011, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host the second Human Rights Happy Hour of the spring semester: a screening of the film Nostalgia de la Luz (“Memory of the Light”). The screening, which is free and open to the public, will take place this afternoon at the University of Texas School of Law, TNH 2.140 from 3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m..

A discussion on human rights and their portrayal in film will follow, featuring Professor Luis Carcamo-Huechante of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Professor Zipporah Wiseman of the School of Law; and Dr. Lucas Lixinski of the Rapoport Center.

Nostalgia de la Luz is the most recent film of one of Chile’s great documentary filmmakers, Patricio Guzman,” Wiseman said. “It was shot in the vast Atacama desert and moves between women searching in the desert for the skeletons of those they loved who were murdered by Pinochet, and the huge astronomical observatory at the top of a mountain above them, where astronomers search in the solar system. It’s an extraordinary work of art and advocacy.”

The film, which runs for ninety minutes, was featured in the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Contact: Sarah Cline, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 512-232-4857, scline@law.utexas.edu.

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