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CANCELED: On Not Being at Home, Part 3: The Colors of the Mountain


David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

This event has been canceled.

So much of Doris Salcedo’s work engages with the imminent threat of leaving—leaving one’s home, leaving one’s personal belongings and shelter, leaving this world, leaving loved ones behind. Forced migration and its consequences figure prominently in her work; beyond focusing on the causes of migration, such as political violence, she examines the experience as a social phenomenon. Her works explore how people come to terms with this reality and how spaces mutate to reflect the haunting state of loss.

During the run of the exhibition Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning (November 4, 2016–April 9, 2017), the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Harvard Film Archive, and the Harvard Art Museums collaborate to bring you a three-part film series that looks at the conditions behind displacement and forced migration, in Latin America in particular. Each screening will be followed by a discussion of the issues that the film confronts and the broader international migration crisis afflicting the world today.

About today’s program:

Los Colores de la Montaña/The Colors of the Mountain (2010)
90 min., color; Colombia, Spanish (English subtitles)

Manuel, 9, has an old soccer ball he plays with every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, gives him a new ball. But an accident sends the ball flying into a minefield. Despite the danger, Manuel refuses to abandon his treasure. He convinces his two friends Julián and Poca Luz to rescue it with him. Amid the adventures and kids’ games, the signs of armed conflict start to appear in the lives of the inhabitants of “La Pradera.”

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with director Carlos César Arbeláez.

The screening will take place at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, in the Tsai Auditorium. For more information, see the center’s website.

Free admission

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.