October 26, 2023
Talks, Panels, and Presentations
Docuseek is hosting a live event with Pragda founder, Marta Sanchez, and distinguished guests in academia to discuss the power of Hispanic media in the classroom. The paramount importance of Hispanic culture, and the broad and rich diversity of Latin America are an inescapable facet of the US university landscape. Learn how to deliver content that empowers, emboldens, and enriches the learning experience of Hispanic and Latinx students at the university level, and bring the tools to help our students become global citizens.
“It is virtually impossible to visit a college classroom that doesn’t include native Spanish speakers or non-native speakers studying Spanish. The importance of Hispanic culture and diversity in Latin America is undeniable in the US.”
Marta Sánchez, Pragda
Specific topics will include:
Building diverse collections to wield the transformative power in students and patrons while enhancing their education.
University decolonization: pioneering Latin content visibility across every academic department.
Is it all about Spanish and Portuguese? Bilingualism in the US and throughout the Hispanic world.
Exploring film’s role in education: practical examples of its contributions.
The paramount importance of Hispanic culture, and the broad and rich diversity of Latin America are an inescapable facet of the US university landscape. Learn how to deliver content that empowers, emboldens, and enriches the learning experience of Hispanic and Latinx students at the university level, and bring the tools to help our students become global citizens.
Register Now for October 26 at 1PM ET
Julia Solomonoff is an Argentine filmmaker and producer based in New York. She is proud to be the first Latinx to chair the NYU Tisch Graduate Film Program, where she also teaches Directing. She studied at Argentine National Film School, and has an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Milos Forman Grant and a DGA Best Latinx Student Filmmaker Award. Her feature films as writer/director include multi-award winning Hermanas, The Last Summer of la Boyita and Nobody’s Watching (on Pragda STREAM). Her film work is included in the permanent collections at The MoMA and The Shed. Solomonoff has been teaching film directing at the graduate level for a decade.
Dr. Carlos Soler Montes
Dr. Carlos Soler Montes is the Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. As a researcher, he is particularly interested in the area of language variation from a pluricentric perspective and how this variation can be dealt with by native speakers, as well as learners of Spanish. Carlos is trained in language pedagogy and taught Spanish at various universities (Connecticut, New Mexico, Calgary), and at the Instituto Cervantes. His most recent book, La diversidad del español y su enseñanza, was published by Routledge in 2022.
Lisa Hooper is Head of Media Services at Tulane University. In this role, she works to provide equitable opportunities for interdisciplinary discovery, innovative scholarship, and skill development through creative play with multimedia collections and media tools. This work includes providing access through purchasing and licensing a wide array of film content for pedagogical and research purposes across the disciplines.
Dr. Scott Boehm
Dr. Scott Boehm is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Global Studies, and he is affiliated with the Film Studies Program at Michigan State University. He is also a documentary filmmaker with a special interest in the Latinx experience in the US and digital archiving. Currently, Scott is working on documentaries about contemporary Spanish politics and a bicultural perspective on gun violence in the US. He serves as the director of Madrid 2015, a digital film archive, and played a pivotal role in launching The Spanish Civil War Memory Project. Additionally, he is the Founder and Director of the MSU Latinx Film Festival and serves as the Associate Editor of Film Reviews for Chasqui, the only academic journal dedicated to Latin American literature and culture.
Marta Sánchez has over 20 years of experience in the film industry. She studied film in Madrid and entertainment business in NYC. She has worked at Twentieth Century Fox, Women Make Movies, and curated film programs at prestigious art institutions such as The MoMA, The Cinémathèque Française, and BFI. In 2005, Marta founded Pragda, the leading educational film distributor specializing in movies from Latin America, Spain, and the Latinx community. In 2021, she became a partner at Filmz and produced Miúcha: The Voice of Bossa Nova, which premiered at the 2022 Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.
Pragda STREAM, powered by Docuseek, is the place to go if you want to shed light on the rich tapestry of Spanish and Latin American cultures and languages. Explore over 50 significant subjects that capture the essence of this vibrant and diverse region. This collection, slated to be 500 films by the end of the year and projected to double in size in 2024, represents more than 30 countries, all presented in their original languages with English subtitles, and is accessible worldwide.