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Riad Sattouf is a French graphic novelist and film director, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters and Knight of the Order of Merit. He is the author, among other cartoons, of the series L’Arabe du futur, an autobiographical visual narrative that tells of the author’s early years in Libya, Syria, Lebanon and France. He deals with the tensions within his family, with a French mother and Syrian father, and offers a portrait of the diversity and complexity of the Middle Ear and its vexed relationship with the West. In conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo.
With the support of the French Embassy
The film director, producer and screenwriter, Fernando Trueba (Spain) has been the President of the Spanish Film Academy (which gives the Goya Awards), has been made a Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters and has his own star on the Cannes Walk of Fame. In 1993 he won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for Belle Époque and his films have won a total of nine Goya awards. Trueba’s career has been closely linked to Latin America, with productions such as the documentary Calle 54 (2000), about some of the celebrated names in Latin jazz; El baile de Victoria (2009), based on the novel of the same name by Antonio Skármeta, set in Chile; Chico y Rita (2010) an animated feature film that pays homage to Cuban music; and recently Forgotten We’ll Be (2020), a film version of the masterpiece, Oblivion, by the acclaimed Colombian writer Héctor Abad Faciolince. In conversation with the director of El País in America, Jan Martínez Ahrens.
Laetitia Colombani (France) is a writer, director, screenwriter and actor. Her first work, The Braid, was a publishing success with sales in 30 countries. Her second novel, Les victorieuses, tells the stories of Solène and Blanche: the first a depressed lawyer whose life is transformed when she starts to work as a volunteer in a home for vulnerable women, and the second a Salvation Army commander who, a hundred years before, founded the Palais de la Femme, a refuge for women. Colombani will talk to Francesca Denegri.
With the support of the French Embassy
Monja Coen is a Brazilian Zen Buddhist nun. Before dedicating herself to the religious life, she worked as a journalist for different Brazilian media outlets. In her most recent book, Zen para distraídos, the author shares the basic concepts of Buddhism, including meditation and other ancient techniques that offer readers the chance to boost their concentration, become more assertive and generally improve their well-being. Living in big cities, with their relentless pace, means we are constantly experiencing all kinds of distractions, which can become a source of anxiety. This book shows us how to overcome these day-to-day challenges in our everyday lives. In conversation with BBC Mundo journalist Alejandra Martins.
The Argentinean actress and writer Camila Sosa Villada has starred in the play El bello indiferente, by Jean Cocteau, and played Ale in the film Mía, both directed by Javier Van De Couter. She is the author of the poetry book La novia de Sandro (2015), the autobiographical book El viaje inútil (2018) and the novel Las malas (2019), a story that begins when, one night, Camila Sosa Villada discovers the world of transvestites in Sarmiento Park in Cordoba, Argentina. A testimony to fear and liberation that converge on a subversive path that is both marginal and emancipatory at the same time. She will talk to Dante Trujillo.
By the time this event runs, we will know whether Joe Biden has beaten Donald Trump in the race for the presidency, or whether Trump will be preparing for a second legislature as president of the world’s most powerful country. Whoever reaches the White House in early 2021 will define not only the future of one of the world’s great powers, but will also play an important role in the fate of Latin America in the years to come. What is at stake for our region? What implications will the new US government have for the rule of law and democracy around the world? Gerardo Lissardy (USA), Farid Kahhat (Peru) and Jacqueline Fowks (Peru) will talk about these matters with Liliet Heredero (USA).
The dramatist, dancer and rapper, Jonzi D, is the Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention, an international hip-hop theatre group based in London. He carries out projects that bring together artists, performers and dancers from the world of hip-hop at events and festivals throughout the United Kingdom, and his work has taken him to venues around Europe and to North America, Russia, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Uganda and South Africa. He is a graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School. Jonzi D will present his dazzling hip-hop show at the Hay Arequipa Digital Festival.