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Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm Dr. Yarimar Bonilla in conversation with Professor Rojo Robles Mejias

In this documentary film, Yarimar Bonilla, co-editor of the book Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, travels through Puerto Rico to interview journalists, poets, photographers, visual artists, and community activists to discuss their perspectives on the island in the wake of Hurricane María. The film explores the ongoing "aftershocks" of the hurricane experienced by Puerto Ricans, which include state failure, social abandonment and disaster capitalism. Through thought-provoking interviews, affective readings, and representations of Puerto Rico's decaying infrastructure and empowered community, the film explores both the unfolding crisis in Puerto Rico and the emergence of new political imaginaries and determination. This event is co-sponsored by Baruch's Initiative for the Study of Latin America (ISLA).

Dr. Yarimar Bonilla is the Acting Director of El Centro, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, as well as Professor in the Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College and the PhD Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Professor Rojo Robles Mejias is a Puerto Rican writer, playwright, and filmmaker. He is Lecturer of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, CUNY

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