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Esther Figueroa to Speak on Activist Filmmaking on March 23

Activist, independent filmmaker, Dr. Esther Figueroa, will be the featured presenter for the Friday, March 23 session of the “March is Movie Month at Mona” series. Dr. Figueroa’s talk, “Counter-Narratives: Activist Filmmaking and the Political Process” will begin at 6:00pm at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.  
Her lecture will relate film making as a narrative form - a way of telling stories - to other forms of story telling such as conversation, literature, and political speech. Figueroa will talk about non fiction film making as a genre and activist film making in particular. She will show clips from a number of her environmental projects including her award winning documentary feature Jamaica for Sale, her just finished video on Cockpit Country, her fishery conservation work on Pedro Bank and her on going projects documenting Falmouth and Palisadoes. 
Dr. Figueroa is the owner of Vagabond Media, and has been involved in most aspects of media production for over 25 years. She describes her work as giving voice to those outside of mainstream media, and aims to counter the dominant values, information and world views portrayed in commercial media. Figueroa's television, video and film projects have been aired internationally on television, screened at film festivals, taught at universities and used by communities as part of activist campaigns.
The focus on documentary film continues on March 30 when Cinematographer, Franklyn St. Juste will be the featured presenter. Mr. St. Juste has directed a number of award winning documentaries and has also worked on feature films such as The Harder They Come. Previous speakers in the series include  filmmaker and author, Barbra Blake Hannah; Chris Browne, Director of Third World Cop and Ghett’A Life; and Storm Saulter, Director of Better Mus’ Come.
 “March is Movie Month at Mona” is a series of presentations on Jamaican film hosted by the Department of Literatures in English in association with the Institute of Caribbean Studies at UWI, Mona. Presentations are held every Friday in March at 6:00pm in N1. The series is intended to raise awareness and create interest in film studies. The Department of Literatures in English, in collaboration with the Institute of Caribbean Studies, is expected to introduce a minor in Film Studies UWI students in September 2012. 
The public is invited to attend. Admission is FREE. For more information interested persons may telephone 927-2217.  

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