Conceived between collaborators and colleagues on opposite coasts, we proposed sharing and discussing films that tell us something about the U.S. racialization of Latinx peoples. With a knowledge that popular culture constructs, informs, and reflects, Emmanuel Ramos-Barajas and Annette Rodríguez bring together films and filmmakers that offer opportunities for entertainment, education, and… well… critical dissection. The Borderless Cultures Film Festival is our offering as a way to gather across space, sharing time and ideas.   

“a different approach requires a different approach.”

As we found ourselves increasingly screen-bound for connection, in the words of Ramos-Barajas, we realized that “a different approach requires a different approach.” Thus, we began the process of selecting films that are otherwise not in wide releases and inviting discussants and filmmakers to talk with us and viewers about Latinx peoples and film. Bringing his talents as a director, producer and media coordinator, Ramos-Barajas thinks through narrative and artistic vision, while Rodríguez fixates on historical context and the value of scholarly analysis (this part won’t always make you yawn!).  

We greatly appreciate the support of the Humanities for the Public Good Initiative and the Critical Ethnic Studies Collective at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Pop that popcorn, boil up some champurrado, and join us.  

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Annette Rodriguez

Annette M. Rodríguez is an assistant professor in the department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on public rituals of violence. She teaches courses on the intersection of literary analysis and U.S. histories.

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Emmanuel Ramos-BarajasEmmanuel Ramos-Barajas is a content creator and video producer who investigates the role of nation-building and land possession in US and Mexican cinema, art and visual culture. He is the co-creator and producer of UNSETTLING JOURNEYS, an educational YouTube channel dedicated to deconstructing Mexican, Latin American and Latinx identities through Art History. 

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