The Santiago Center attaches special importance to fostering access to culture through film and literature programs. Events in 2017 included a film festival, curated by Columbia University Film Professor Annette Insdorf, which examined the Holocaust from a female perspective, with films and documentaries directed by women or focusing on women’s experience. Organized jointly with the Goethe Institute, Universidad Católica and Chile’s Museum of Memory and Human Rights, the festival screened four fictional films and four documentaries. In August, Professor Richard Peña from Columbia University’s School of the Arts also visited Chile and taught a Master Class on The History and Relevance of Film Festivals.
In September 2017, leading Chilean poet Raúl Zurita was invited to Columbia University to participate in a series of events to mark the launch of a seminar on Global Language Justice, organized by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS).