EVENT: Peruvian Documentaries on Social Protest and Mining

DATE/TIME: September 12, 5 to 7

LOCATION: International Affairs Building, room 208, Columbia University

SPONSOR(S): Crítica Latinoamericana, ILAS, Spanish and Portuguese NYU

EVENT – Documentary Screening: Choropampa: The Price of Gold. Dir.: Ernesto Cabellos, Stephanie Boyd (2002) 75m.

SPEAKER(S): Gerardo Rénique (CUNY) and Olga Rodríguez Ulloa (Crítica Latinoamericana/ Columbia University)

Description of event: “On June 2nd, 2000 at the Yanacocha goldmine in the Peruvian Andes, 151 kilograms of liquid mercury spilled over a 25-mile long area, contaminating three mountain villages, including Choropampa. The environmental catastrophe turned this quiet village into a hotbed of civil resistance”. Icarus Films


Gerardo Renique is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the City College of the City University of New York. Professor Rénique’s research has focused on the modern and contemporary history of Peru and Mexico. His book Peru Time of Fear (Latin America Bureau: London, 1992) [co-authored] examines the political and social history of the Andean country from the 1960s to the 1990s.  His current research on Peru examines the nature of Fujimori’s state formation and the political and cultural dynamics of the popular and antisystemic movements and political organizations that fueled the resistance and mobilization responsible for its recent fall.

Olga Rodríguez Ulloa is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. Currently, she is writing her doctoral dissertation on cultural practices, historical memory, and violence. Together with other students at Columbia and NYU, she organizes a discussion group and publication criticalatinoamericana.com. She curated these series of documentaries on social protest and mining in Peru. olga@criticalatinoamericana.com

Olga Rodríguez Ulloa
Olga Rodríguez Ulloa

(Lima) es candidata al doctorado por la Universidad de Columbia en la ciudad de Nueva York. Actualmente, se encuentra escribiendo su disertación doctoral sobre prácticas culturales, memoria histórica y violencia en Perú. Parte de este trabajo se publicó recientemente en e-misférica. Edita Violencia y Colectivos.