A series of four documentary films and discussions focusing on memories of migration and precarious work-life conditions migrating to or from Spain will be hosted by New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, beginning on Thursday, February 7 at 7:15 p.m. Entitled “Migrant Memories - Precarious Lives: Rethinking Transculturation,” the series has been curated by Encarnación Gutierrez-Rodríguez, visiting professor, Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Centre, Smith College. The series is free and open to the public; all films have English subtitles. For further information, call 212.998.3650 or visit www.nyu.edu/kjc.
- On Thursday, February 7, at 7:15 p.m., El viaje de Said will be shown, preceded by an introduction by Guitierrez-Rodríguez. This short film was awarded the Goya for the Best Animation Short. It tells the story of a Moroccan boy who crosses the sea to Spain and discovers that the world is not as beautiful as he has been told.
- On Thursday, February 28, at 7:15 p.m., La memoria interior will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Maria Ruido and the series curator. In this film, Ruido uses the story of the emigration of her parents from Spain to Germany to reflect upon the mechanism of forgetting and remembering historical events.
- On Thursday, March 27, 7:15 p.m., Gutierrez-Rodríguez will introduce the film La generación olvidada. This film narrates the life stories of five Spanish citizens who arrived in Germany in the 1960s. They examine their experiences as “guestworkers” and how their lives developed in the last four decades in Germany - a country that still perceives them, their children, and grandchildren as foreigners.
- On Thursday, April 10, 7:15 p.m., Precarias a la Deriva. Por los circuitos de la Precariedad will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the series curator and a member of the group Precarias a La Deriva, a Madrid-based activist research group. This group has, for the last few years, sought to map and explore the changing life and work situations of its participants.