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A Retrospective Screening of the Latino Indie Classic Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican by Frances Negron-Muntaner

Thursday, May 29, 2008
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dodd 121
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Refreshingly sophisticated in both form and content, BRINCANDO EL CHARCO contemplates the notion of “identity” through the experiences of a Puerto Rican woman living in the US. In a wonderful mix of fiction, archival footage, processed interviews and soap opera drama, BRINCANDO EL CHARCO tells the story of Claudia Marin, a middle-class, light-skinned Puerto Rican photographer/videographer who is attempting to construct a sense of community in the US. Confronting the simultaneity of both her privilege and her oppression, BRINCANDO EL CHARCO becomes a meditation on class, race and sexuality as shifting differences.



Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. Her books include Boricua Bop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (2004 CHOICE Award), Anatomy of an Smile (Isla Negra, 2008), and the edited collections Sovereign Acts (2008), None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era (2007), and Puerto Rican Jam: Rethinking Colonialism and Nationalism (1997, co-edited with Ramón Grosfoguel). Negrón-Muntaner has also contributed to the founding of programs and institutions to disseminate the work of Latino filmmakers and intellectuals. She is the founder board member and former chair of NALIP, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Currently, Frances Negrón-Muntaner teaches at Columbia University in the Dept. of English and at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.


 Part of the Latin American Institute's Media Project

A conversation with filmmaker and scholar Frances Negrn-Muntaner will follow

(310) 825-4571

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute

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