On Friday, Sept. 8th, Alwan, the Arab Center for the Arts in New York City, will host an event in support of the indigenous people of Northern Argentina. Luisa Boggiano, an Argentinean activist, will present a documentary about the conflicts affecting the native peoples of the Missiones and Salta regions, which will be followed by a Q&A. One of the issues facing these communities is the devastation being wreaked on the land by US corporations. Another is the disenfranchisement of the indigenous communities and their limited access to education, among other basic rights.
The “Triangle”, the area where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet, which includes the regions where these indigenous communities live, is also considered a potential terrorist base by the US government because of the large Arab communities there. Additionally, the world’s largest untapped aquifer lies under the same area, making the region strategically important because of this water resource.
The screening and discussion will be followed by dancing with Mark Winston Griffith spinning.
There is a requested donation of $5 at the door, but no one will be turned away. There will also be a cash bar.
When: Friday, Sept. 8th, 8:30pm
Where: Alwan, the Arab Center for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4th Floor