The Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro) and the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (EAV) are proud to host an open lecture by Professor Richard Peña, from Columbia University's School of The Arts, at the Salão Nobre of the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage.
Few people, even in the United States, know that for many decades African Americans created their own, separate cinema--movies that white America hardly knew existed, as they were never discussed in mainstream media and were screened only for African American audiences. About 500 or so feature films were made, of which about 87 still exist. Professor Peña will screen a film as an example.
Richard Peña has been at Columbia since 1989, becoming full time in 1996 and being named Professor of Professional Practice in 2003; from 2006 - 2009 was a Visiting Professor in Spanish at Princeton University. Mr. Peña has also served as the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 to 2012. At the Film Society, he has organized retrospectives of Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, Robert Aldrich, Gabriel Figueroa, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Chinese, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Arab, Korean, Japanese Soviet and Argentine cinema. He is also currently the co-host of Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13.