Ritter Gallery to host pair of activist filmmakers

Iris Morales and Andrew Padilla will share their experience creating films related to social justice.


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Thomas Chiles, Contributing Writer

Documentary filmmakers Iris Morales and Andrew Padilla will take part in a free screening and panel discussion at the Ritter Art Gallery on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

Both filmmakers have directed documentaries that focus on social justice, with Morales’s award-winning documentary “¡Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords” about Puerto Rican activism during the 1960s and 70s having previously aired on PBS.

Padilla’s documentary “El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem,” a film which looks at the change in racial demographics in Harlem, New York, has been in six film festivals and won three awards since its release in 2012.

Clips from both documentaries will be shown during the screening. The discussion session will be moderated by Chris Robe, a Florida Atlantic associate professor of film and media studies/literature.

“There will be an introduction by the filmmaker along with some clips and then discussion with the audience,” Robe said. “We want to make the event mostly discussion based and integrate in film clips within the discussion.”

A companion to the panel discussion, the art exhibition “Community Justice: The Black Panther Party and Other Civil Rights Movements” will be on display at the gallery until March 4. The exhibition’s artwork and photographs examine civil rights during the 1960s and 70s.

The gallery, found on the Boca Raton campus, is open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

This panel discussion and art exhibition are part of a collection of social justice events being hosted by the College of Arts and Letters. To find a list of upcoming events, click here.

Thomas Chiles is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @thomas_iv.