Navigating the Cultural Labyrinth: Latinas' Lives Explored through Literature and Film
Author Stella Pope Duarte and UH student and filmmaker Erica Fletcher present at the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston
Mar 25, 2010
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
|Where||Museum of Fine Arts, Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005|
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Award-winning author Stella Pope Duarte, explores the lives of people living on the meanest streets of Phoenix in her new collection, Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories (Arte Público Press, 2010). Set against an urban backdrop, many of the characters are flamboyant and hard to miss as they strut through the streets–flashy divas, transvestites, prostitutes–while others remain hidden, invisible to those who don’t seek them out–bag ladies, illegals, addicts. Winner of the University of California’s Chicano / Latino Literary Prize, Pope Duarte’s stories reveal the hard-scrabble lives of a working-class Mexican-American community.
The author’s presentation will be followed by a short but powerful documentary, Marianismo, which deals with the cultural factors that place Latina women at a disproportionally high risk for contracting HIV / AIDS. Through interviews with HIV-positive Latinas and public health experts, this unsettling film examines aspects of Latino culture that contribute to an AIDS rate that is eight times higher in Latina women than in white women. Marianismo was written, directed, and produced by University of Houston junior Erica Fletcher; she will be on hand to introduce and discuss the film.
Admission is free and open to the public. A reception follows the program.
Register to win free giveaways from KUHF 88.7 FM, Arte Público Press, and the MFAH.
This event is generously cosponsored by Houston Arts Alliance, Poets & Writers, and Voices Breaking Boundaries.