La Bodega Sold Dreams

September 5th 2019 - September 30th 2019

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Puerto Rico is the oldest colony in the world, a territorial possession ceded to the United States after it invaded the islands in 1898 during the Spanish American War, or in the words of Rita Indiana: ‘a social experiment full of contradictions’. In 1917, Puerto Ricans were imposed US citizenship; by 1970, New York City’s Puerto Rican population reached its zenith, making Puerto Ricans the city’s largest ‘minority’ population during that decade. Puerto Rican contributions to the city of New York are far and varied, from bodegas to salsa, from the Young Lords to Spanish being taught in elementary schools, from Pedro Pietri’s poetry and the Nuyorican movement to Hip-Hop, from Puerto Ricans involvement in Communist and Socialist parties to their contributions to the city via co-op buildings and social clubs forming close social webs. La Bodega Sold Dreams seeks to uncover the cultural legacy of Puerto Ricans in the city by presenting a body of films that captured the sentiment, makeup and preoccupations of displaced Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. metropolis. This series dabbles with the constructions edified by both outsiders and insiders of the Puerto Rican diaspora, during two decades where Puerto Ricans were demonized for anything including being unclassifiable, minding your business, and bombing the Defense Department in Madison Avenue in support for Puerto Rican Independence.

Programmed in collaboration with Caroline Gil. Special thanks to Larry Revene, Carlos de Jesus, Robert B. Young, Diego Echeverria, XFR Collective and David E. Wilt.

Past Screenings

  • La Tigresa
    Glauco del Mar196985 minDigital Video
    • Spectacle
      • Thursday Sep 510:00pm
      • Friday Sep 2711:55pm
      • Monday Sep 307:30pm
  • Ye Yo
    Tony Betancourt197579 minDigital Video
    • Spectacle
      • Friday Sep 611:55pm
      • Saturday Sep 1411:55pm
      • Monday Sep 3010:00pm
  • Short Eyes
    Robert M. Young1977100 minDigital Video
    • Spectacle
      • Wednesday Sep 117:30pm
      • Sunday Sep 225:00pm
      • Saturday Sep 2810:00pm
  • Natas es Satan
    Miguel Ángel Álvarez197789 minDigital Video
    • Spectacle
      • Wednesday Sep 1110:00pm
      • Saturday Sep 2111:55pm
      • Saturday Sep 2811:55pm