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Social Science and Public Policy

“We Still Here” Film Screening

April 14, 2023 at 6:30pm8:30pm EDT

La Casita Cultural Center, Performance Space

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We Still Here / Nos Tenemos introduces the youth of the small town of Comerío, Puerto Rico, navigating the aftermath of Hurricane María, a disaster that in 2017 brought an unprecedented level of devastation to an island already in an economic and political crisis. In the lush mountains in the center of Puerto Rico, 24-year-old Mariangelie Ortíz leads a group of young residents who never thought they would become the leaders of their community, nonetheless find themselves traveling to Washington D.C. to protest in the halls of Congress. This is a coming-of-age story where young people find their power to begin creating a sustainable future for themselves and their community. We Still Here / Nos Tenemos is a 1-hour documentary film in Spanish and English with subtitles for both languages. The screening will be followed by a community dialogue with filmmakers Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Khalil Jacobs-Fantauzzi.

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is an award-winning filmmaker, founder of FistUp.TV, a media platform uplifting and telling stories from underrepresented communities across the world. His work has circulated through National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel, and PBS. Online he has created content for Remezcla, okayafrica, TIDAL, and VIBE. Eli is the co-founder of Defend Puerto Rico, a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance. His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and his belief in the transformative power of film.

Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi is a producer at Clenched Fist Productions- a media company dedicated to documenting the use of music and culture as a tool for social justice. He has teamed up with his brother Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi on three award-winning documentary films: We Still Here / Nos Tenemos being the most recent. Kahlil completed his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in education and technology from the University of San Francisco.

This event is co-sponsored by several Syracuse University departments, including Career Services; the Department of Language, Literature, and Linguistics; Program on Latin America and the Caribbean; the Humanities Center; the Lender Center for Social Justice; and the Latino-Latin American Studies Program. Student organizations partnering in this event include the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations and the Puerto Rican Student Association. Support for this program also comes from the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

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This event was first published on March 24, 2023 and last updated on March 27, 2023.

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Free parking is available at the south entrance to the building.