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Curundú

September 30, 2008

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Andres Tarte, a Panamanian Fulbright Scholar and graduate student in Michigan Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will show excerpts from the 2008 Panamanian documentary Curundú and lead a discussion about poverty in Panama. Of all the world’s nations, Panama has the twelfth widest gap between rich and poor (as measured by the U.N. Gini coefficient). According to Panamaprofundo.org, Curundú is “a true portrayal of the country where we live in. Kenneth’s story represents the great contradiction that Panama has yet to resolve: so rich and so poor, so sad and so happy, so black and so white, warm and cold, so unbalanced, so much inequality.”

Further Information about Curundú:

Shot in 2006 and 2007 with the sponsorship of the Central American and Caribbean Audiovisual Promotion Fund, Curundú is the debut feature of young Panamanian filmmaker Ana Endara. The film follows Kenneth, a charismatic “retired” delinquent‚ who earns his living taking pictures of his neighbors in Curundú, an overpopulated and precarious community, located not too far from the thriving commercial and business center of Panama City, on the edge of the former Canal Zone. The documentary speaks to us about Curundú, stigmatized as one of Panama City’s most dangerous slums, through Kenneth and his photos.

Director: Ana Endara
Language: Spanish with English subtitles.
Duration: 66 minutes.