Every year the University of Central Florida’s Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) coordinates various educational and social events to recognize and celebrate Hispanic Heritage. This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of HASA and the group is planning a rich and diverse array of activities. One such event to be highlighted during Hispanic Heritage Month and outlined here is “Latinas and Body Image,” a film screening and discussion coordinated by the HASA and co-sponsored by Women’s Studies and Lambda Theta Alpha, Incorporated Beta Theta Chapter. The presentation will begin with the screening of Perfect: A Conversation with the Venezuelan Middle Class about Female Beauty and Breast Implants, a short documentary on attitudes about plastic surgery in Venezuela directed by Alexandra Hidalgo (bio below). This will be followed by brief statements from representatives from Women’s Studies and Lambda Theta Alpha, the country’s first Latina academic sorority. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, Associate Professor of Latino/a Literature and writing (Department of English) and faculty/academic advisor to HASA and LTA.
Alexandra Hidalgo was born and raised in Venezuela, and during her regular visits back home she has grown more and more aware of the increasing use of plastic surgery, especially breast implants. In Perfect, her first documentary, Hidalgo attempts to understand this phenomenon by interviewing 14 middle-class Venezuelan women and men about their views on the subject, allowing Venezuelans themselves to question and explore their perceptions of plastic surgery. Hidalgo is the co-founder of agnesfilms.com, a site providing support to emerging and established female filmmakers and scholars interested in their work.
This presentation will be on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 in the Student Union, Room Pegasus Ballrooms. This event is free and open to the public.
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