October 19, 2016 at La Catrina Cafe in Chicago.
EL TEATRO CAMPESINO
Alternative Histories of Labor: “El Teatro Campesino,” Oct. 19
Alternative Histories of Labor continues with El Teatro Campesino, a 1970 film about the theater troupe of the United Farm Workers. Martin Unzueta of Chicago Community and Workers’ Rights, Marcopolo Soto of Aguijón Theater and Contratiempo, and Kim Potowski of University of Illinois at Chicago will lead a discussion after the screening.
Where: La Catrina Cafe, 1011 W. 18th St.
When: Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm
How much: Free
About the Film
El Teatro Campesino is a feature-length documentary originally created for the National Educational Television network just before it was replaced by the arguably less politically conscious PBS. The film chronicles the first five years of the titular theatre troupe founded by Luis Valdez as the cultural arm of the United Farm Workers. Its cast members were farmworkers and its original performances were staged in fields and concerned the daily struggles of their cast members. The troupe, which is still active today, inspired the creation of many other Chicano theater groups. (Jac Venza, Janet Sternburg, Victoria Hochberg, 1970, 61 min., 16mm print courtesy of Indiana University Libraries)
About the Speakers
Kim Potowski is Professor in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies and Director of the Spanish Language Heritage Program at University of Illinois at Chicago. Marcopolo Soto is a novelist, an ensemble member at Aguijón Theater, and a member of the editorial group at Contratiempo. Martin Unzueta is Executive Director of Chicago Community & Workers’ Rights.
About the Series
The spread of “right to work” laws and the Fight for $15 movement have brought renewed focus to labor issues. Drawing on the energy of these and other current struggles in the workplace, Alternative Histories of Labor aims to expand on the dominant narrative of labor movements as mostly white and mostly male. These six film screenings and discussions highlight the contributions of women and racial/ethnic minorities to US labor movements.
The series is sponsored by South Side Projections; Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly; The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana; Black Cinema House; Contratiempo; Aguijón Theater; and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago.