Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Latino Media Arts & Studies Speaker Series: Cristina Ibarra

Thu, October 19, 2017 | Room 5.102, Belo Center for New Media (BMC), The University of Texas at Austin

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

In popular discourse, the US-Mexico border is a no-man’s land of militarization, drug wars and ‘illegal’ immigration. In opposition to this dominant view, Cristina Ibarra's films are rooted in a border landscape that she, and her family, know as home. Ibarra notes that there is a popular Tejano saying, “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us.” She claims that the Tejano community has been living in, and crossing the border, for generations. Gloria Anzaldúa called this place in between nations a “third space.” Like many people with family on both sides, Ibarra see a border that is as playful as it is dramatic. Her films seek to challenge assumptions about the border, and to illuminate the performance and spectacle in this space known for political tension. Ibarra will present how her filmmaking practice tilts the lens to create a border aesthetic rooted in place.

Cristina Ibarra has been making award-winning films that explore the US-Mexico border for the past 16 years. Her new documentary feature, The Infiltrators, focused on undocumented Americans and for-profit detention facilities, will be completed next year.

Please call (512) 671-6617 for more information.

Hosted by the Moody College of Communication’s Latino Media Arts & Studies Speaker Series and cosponsored by the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Department of Mexican American & Latina/o Studies, and the Latino Research Initiative.

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