A four-part film series entitled “God’s Elect? Religion, Media, and Elections in the Americas” will take place this fall at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (53 Washington Square South). All screenings begin at 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public; screenings are followed by a discussion of the film. For further information visit www.nyu.edu/kjc/; or call 212.998.3650.

The series is co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for Religion and Media/Center for Media, Culture and History and by the Department of Performance Studies.

The schedule of films follows:

Fri., Sept. 15: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, directed by Kim Barley and Donnacha O’Brian (2002). Hugo Chavez, elected president of Venezuela in 1998, was ousted on April 11, 2002. Two filmmakers documented this event and his return to power 48 hours later.

A discussion by NYU Professors Rafael Sánchez and Greg Grandin will be introduced by James Fernández, director of the King Juan Carlos Center, and moderated by Diana Taylor, director, NYU’s Hemispheric Institute (Performance Studies).

Fri., Oct. 6: Our Brand is Crisis, directed by Rachel Boynton (2005). Bolivia’s turbulent 2002 re-election campaign of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (Goni), and the work of his team of U.S. political consultants is chronicled from the inside as Goni is repackaged as an appealing brand. He wins a razor-thin election but the aftermath is devastating.

A discussion follows with filmmaker Boynton and NYU’s Sinclair Thompson and Jeff Himpele.

Fri., Oct. 27: State of Fear, a film by Pamela Yates, Paco de Onís, and Peter Kinoy (2005). Based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this film explores the escalating violence in Peru and how the fear of terror undermined democracy-making.

A discussion with the filmmakers and NYU’s Thomas Abercrombie follows.

Fri., Nov. 3: Fall of Fujimori, directed by Ellen Perry (2005). In 1990, Albert Fujimori was elected president of Peru and successfully fought Peru’s guerilla organizations. In 2000, following accusations of kidnapping, murder, and corruption, he fled to Japan. This film traces his rise and fall, and his quest to return to politics in Peru.

Following the screening is a discussion with Diana Taylor and Deborah Poole, Johns Hopkins University.

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