Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Coffee, Screening & Discussion • "Café: Cantos de Humo"

Cafe Cantos de Humo Cafecito con CLACS Consumable Commodities poster

Friday, April 5, 2024

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum (155), 111 Thayer

1:30-2:00 p.m • “Cafecito con CLACS” reception
2:00-3:20 • Screening • “Café: Cantos de Humo”
3:20-4:00 • Discussion • Daniel Reichman & Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre

Join us for a screening of the film Café (Cantos de Humo), directed by Hatuey Viveros, followed by a conversation with Prof. Daniel Reichman, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Rochester, and Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre, Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A Cafecito con CLACS reception featuring coffee and pastries will be catered by Café Modesto.

This event will combine our Cafecito con CLACS series, which offers an opportunity to gather and connect with friends and colleagues from across the wide spectrum of fields that study Latin America and the Caribbean on the first Friday of each month, with the Consumable Commodities Series, co-sponsored by IBES. This is the fourth, and final, Consumable Commodities event this academic year.

About the Film:
Café (Cantos de Humo) is the prize-winning film that tells the story of a family from the mountains of Puebla as they navigate the loss of their father. Teresa, the mother, must go about raising her son Jorge, who seeks to become the region's first lawyer and expand the opportunities of those who live there, and her daughter Rosario, a young woman who must make a decision about her future. 

Year: 2014
Country: Mexico
Duration: 81'
Language: Nahuatl with English subtitles

About the Speakers
Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the political ecology of forest conservation, historical geography, post-statist geographies, and participatory cartography. He has worked with Indigenous Chatino people and campesino communities in Oaxaca, México, regarding local knowledge and understanding of their landscape through their language. Also, he worked with communities on the effects of forest conservation and management programs on land commons, forest commodification, and social differences among these communities. At Brown, he is working on a 1) collaborative feature documentary on carbon offsetting projects in the Chatino region and community members’ links to the forest, 2) co-writing with community members a paper exploring the consequences of environmental conservation over land and forest commons in the community and 3) working with the Hay Special Collections Library to implement the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials.

Daniel Reichman is professor of anthropology at the University of Rochester.  His work focuses on Latin American coffee economies, especially the impact of US immigration on coffee-growing communities.  His first book, The Broken Village: Coffee, Migration, and Globalization in Honduras (2011) is an ethnography of a Honduran community’s transformation from a coffee economy to a remittance economy.  His most recent book Progress in the Balance: Mythologies of Development in Santos, Brazil (2023) explores the place of coffee (and agriculture in general) in Brazil’s dominant ideology of progress. He frequently writes for the general public on issues related to immigration and Latin America.