2017 Trailer & Program


2nd Annual Global Health Film Festival. HEALTH VISIONS | THE AMERICAS

FEB 17, FEB 27 – MARCH 5, 2017

Friday. Feb 17. 6:00 pm.  Richard White Auditorium. Duke East.

Yawar Mallku | Blood of the Condor. Jorge Sanjinés. 70 min. Bolivia. 1969.

Quechua, Spanish, English with English subtitles

In the late 1960s an indigenous Bolivian community is receiving medical care from the Peace Corps-like American agency Cuerpo del Progreso (Progress Corps), which is secretly sterilizing local women. The community react and attack the foreigners which are protected by the authorities, in a reprisal many members of the community are shot. A man desperately seeks medical care for his brother (the leader of the community or Malku), but due to lack of money his brother dies. A classic film of the “New Latin American Film” or Third Cinema.

Preceded by a Glass of Wine to launch the 2nd Global Health Film Festival. Richard White Atrium.


FEB. 27 – MARCH 5. 2017


Monday. Feb 27. 6:00 pm.  Smith Warehouse. Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall. Durham

ZIKA. Debora Diniz. 30 min. Brazil. 2016.*

Portuguese with English subtitles

They came from remote areas of Paraíba, a state in northeastern Brazil. They are everyday women and doctors. Pregnancy is a time of waiting and discovery. Together, they are moving science forward and learning how to survive the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil.

*Introduced by filmmaker

Preceded by a Panel on Zika.

– Kearsley Stewart, Duke Global Health Institute, Chair

– Debora Diniz, University of Brasilia (Anthropology and Law), filmmaker

– Jonathan Katz, Freelance journalist, author of The Big Truck That Went By.

Reception (Dinner) to follow the screening



Tuesday. Feb 28. 6:00 pm.  Nelson Mandela Auditorium. FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sacbé. A path to health.  Mauricio Andrada & Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. 30 min. México. 2017.*

Maya & Spanish with English subtitles

In the Maya communities of Quintana Roo, traditional healers are the holders of knowledge. They offer treatment in urban centers as part of developmental policies. Unfortunately, after decades of mismanagement and corruption services ended. Sacbé follows Don Pedro and Doña Casilda in their return to their village. A community gets together with their healers to reconnect, to bring well-being to the community.

Voices that Heal. Heather Greer & Delia Ackerman. 45min. Peru, 2011.

Spanish, Shipibo with English subtitles

Herlinda Augustin, a renowned Shipibo shaman, healer and medicine woman, struggled to keep her traditions alive while facing the challenges of the modern world. The Shipibo-Conibo people have lived in the Peruvian Amazon for over 4,000 years, passing on their knowledge of plants and sacred songs from one generation to the next.


A panel follows the films

– David Boyd, Duke Global Health Institute. Chair

– Irma Velasquez Nimatuj, Duke. Mellon Visiting Professor (Guatemala)

– Susan Gaylord, UNC School of Medicine (TBC)

– Mauricio Andrada, Filmmaker

– Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Duke CLACS

Refreshments will be served.

*Introduced by filmmaker



Wednesday. March 1. 6:00 pm.  Rubenstein Library. Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room. Duke West.

Letter to a Shadow: Oblivion. Daniela Abad & Miguel Salazar. 73 min. Colombia. 2015.*

Spanish with English subtitles

The film explores the life and death of Doctor Héctor Abad Gómez, a pioneer in the field of public health, social medicine, and human rights in Colombia. Doctor Abad was killed in cold-blood by a hit-man in the streets of Medellin in 1987. Between personal memory and historical memory, the film is “a battle against forgetfulness, against oblivion.” It presents a chilling portrait of the political violence that ravaged Colombia from the privacy of a family.

Based on the memoir by Hector Abad Faciolince “Oblivion” (2012), Oblivion won the 2013 Duke-WOLA Book Award for best human rights book of the year. Jury Award and Best at the 55 Cartagena International Film Festival -FICCI, 2015.

A panel follows the film

-Neil Prose M.D., Duke. Global Health Institute. Chair

-Rosa Solorzano M.P.H., Duke, Nursing School, DGHI

-Robin Kirk, Duke Human Rights Center @ FHI

-Daniela Abad, Filmmaker

*Introduced by filmmaker


Thursday. March 2. 6:00 pm. Richard White Auditorium. Duke East.

Clínica de migrantes. Maxim Pozdorovkin. 40 min. USA. 2016.

English and Spanish with Subtitles

The film investigates the intersection between immigration and health care through the work of Puentes de Salud, a volunteer-run network of clinics providing preventive care to the Latino community of South Philadelphia.

Best short at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2016.


Migrantes: Bitácora de viaje. Mauricio Andrada Bilche, 57min. México. 2013.*

Spanish with English subtitles

This documentary chronicles the journey of Central American (Guatemalan, Honduran, Salvadoran) migrants through Mexico from the eyes of a team of public health researchers. The film underlines the multiple health implications the dangerous journey implies for the people in movement. From skin conditions, trauma, bodily injures, malnutrition to HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases. The documentary underlies the lack of institutional presence in relation to public health and features the several “casas de migrantes;” ngo’s and informal operations along the road.

This film was produced by the Mexican Institute of Public Health.

A panel follows the films.

– Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Duke CLACS. Chair

– Maritza Chirinos, El Centro Hispano

– Laura Villa Torres, UNC, Global Public Health.

– Mauricio Andrada, Filmmaker

 Refreshments will be served.

*Introduced by filmmaker



Friday. March 3. 4:00pm – 6:00 pm.  Richard White Auditorium. Duke East.

Global Health Student Film Festival

Come a watch the best of the Duke and UNC-CH Student film production on issues related to Global Health, Science, Research, Human Rights, etc.

 6:00 pm. Reception. Richard White Atrium
 Friday. March 3. 7:00pm.  Richard White Auditorium. Duke East.

Crossing Over | Identidad sin fronteras. Isabel Castro. 55min. México/USA. 2015.

Spanish, English with English subtitles

For the transgender immigrant community coming from Central America, the shadows are even more difficult to overcome. Faced with discrimination and the challenges of being undocumented, many transgender immigrants turn to the sex industry, often falling prey to its many dangers, including drug addiction, sexual violence, and HIV, simply to survive. Crossing Over interweaves the stories of three such transgender Latina immigrants: Brenda, 44, a matriarch in the trans community who is HIV-positive; Francis, 42, who’s been in the United States for 15 years and is trying to lead a normal life; and Abigail, 28, who’s putting herself through community college and struggling to move on from the demons and persecution of her past.

A panel follows the film.

– Larry Helfner, Duke Law School. Chair

– Erik Valera, Program Director for Latinos in the Deep South at the Latino Commission on AIDS

– Alex Cordova, LGTB coordinator. El Centro Hispano

– Joaquin Carcaño, Trans Latino advocate, UNC HIV Project Coordinator Enlaces por la Salud.

– Cristina Morales, LGTB Advocate. El Centro Hispano.

9:00pm – 11:00pm. Parade & Dance Party: Duke Coffee House



Sunday. March 5. 6:00 pm. Richard White Auditorium. Duke East Campus.

Gestación. Esteban Ramírez. 91 min. Costa Rica. 2009.*

Spanish with English subtitles

Introduced by Bethazaida Férnandez, Duke Romance Studies Department and Filmmaker Esteban Ramírez.

High School students Jessie and Teo were both raised by single mothers in Costa Rica. Jessie comes from a humble background and enjoys a scholarship in a conservative Catholic high school. Teo is the only child of a strict professional mother who enjoys middle class living. They never expected to enter parenthood at such a tender age, and when the couple learns about their pregnancy, strong opinions on both, a wide-range of social issues and their class differences, slowly begin to surface. Jessie and Teo will face the consequences of their actions and of the “doble moral” that is present in many Latin American societies. (Inspired in real events).

Q&A after the screening

*Introduced by filmmaker

Co-curated and Organized by:

– Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

– Kearsley Stewart, Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI)

– Bethzaida Férnandez, Duke Romance Studies Department, Spanish Language Program (SLP)

Produced by: Thomas Johnson, Health Humanities Lab at FHI

Student Film Festival Organized by: John Bollinger, Duke Student

In cooperation with the Screen Society at Arts of the Moving



Duke University: Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, 114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC.

Duke University: Richard White Auditorium, Duke University East Campus. Durham, NC.

Duke University: Rubenstein Library. Holsti-Anderson Room. Duke University West Campus. Durham, NC.

UNC-CH: Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St., UNC-Chapel Hill, NC.



This event is made possible through funding from the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Health Humanities Lab, Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).
Additional sponsors at Duke are: Duke University Libraries, Trent Center, the Law School, Center for Documentary Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Brazil Lab, and the Spanish Language Program.
Thanks to The Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC-CH and El Centro Hispano.