Next Reading Group Program

Screening & Discussion of the Nicaraguan Film Lubaraun – March 18, 2015:


You are invited to a screening and discussion of Lubaraun, the Nicaraguan ethnographic documentary film focusing on the Garifuna people on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. The free program will take place in the Seminar Room of the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., on Wed., March 18, from 12:15 to 2 P.M.

With African, Arawak Indian, and Caribbean ancestry, the Garifuna have a distinct culture and language. Lubaraun offers insight into this culture and identity through the oral testimony of Garifuna people and beautiful filming of their music, dancing, spiritual life, and family customs. Directed and produced by Maria Jose Alvarez and Martha Clarissa Hernandez, Lubaraun will be shown with English subtitles.

This screening and discussion are the next in the reading group discussion series centered on Nicaragua, a collaboration of the Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project and the Hartford Public Library.  The March 18 event follows the February screening of The Black Creoles, featuring people of that culture on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Cultural identity in multicultural settings are themes of both films.

No reservations are needed.  Feel free to take a brown bag lunch if you wish. Contact kganderson@snet.net or sanderson03@snet.net for further information and possible reading suggestions.

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The Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project is a story of two cities reaching out to each other, one in Nicaragua, Central America, the other Connecticut in the United States.  It begins in 1986 when the Hartford Ocotal Sister City Project(HOSCP) was established with the help of the Capitol Region Conference of Churches and moves forward again in 1995 when the Project began providing seed money for a micro-lending program called FUNAFAM, which is based on the Grameen Bank model. Financial support from this program has helped hundreds of Ocotal women start small businesses of their own.

Over a period of 25 years HOSCP has used contributions to help fund the following programs, evolving from direct material aid to self-help initiatives:

  • Material aid shipments in conjunction with the New Haven-Leon SCP
  • Educational events
  • Helping to fund the purchase of an ambulance
  • Helping to fund the clean water project
  • Hurricane Mitch relief
  • FUNAFAM, a microcredit program based on the Grameen Bank model. Loaning small amounts of money to individuals starting small businesses
  • Health education programs in outlying areas surrounding Ocotal

Many of the founders of the HOSCP are still active in the work. The sister-city commitment does not go out of fashion, nor does it cease to inspire those involved.

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