The Salinas Project: Exploring identity and community with oppositional representations of Latinos
Latinos represent the country’s largest “minority” group at over 54 million strong, more than 17% of the U.S. population. But media representations of this young, growing population continue to be negative and one-dimensional, reinforcing hateful rhetoric- most recently from Donald Trump- that have been part of the national immigration debate.
Professor Carolyn Brown’s work challenges media stereotypes by reframing the commonplace Latino narrative with realistic portrayals of Latino communities in her documentaries.
Brown will discuss her larger body of work that led her to her new documentary, The Salinas Project, distributed nationally by American Public Television. The Salinas Project follows the lives of four children of immigrant farm workers living in Salinas, California. She will also discuss her next documentary, Las Mujeres: Latina Lives, American Dreams, currently in production.
Through her own experience as the daughter of a South American immigrant, Brown will discuss how her work explores what it means to be Latino in the U.S., both personally and politically. Her documentary work examines what it means for Latinos to aspire when labor, home, country, institutions and even family—often all too painfully—delimit our possibilities for self-making and being fully in the world. What does it mean to dream big, fail, and aspire again? What does it mean to imagine success when the odds are stacked against you?
The Faculty Research & Projects Forum is a monthly lecture series highlighting exciting and high-impact work produced by the faculty at American University's School of Communication whose work is at the forefront of great communication problems and ideas of our time. Full fall 2015 schedule.