This was the first time a Salvadoran film was screened at the museum and guests were treated to a welcome reception by filmmaker Javier Kafie, who traveled to Houston for the occasion. According to the U.S. Census Bureau as of 2017, there area total of 129,000 Salvadorans in the Houston Metropolitan area. Salvadorans make up the largest group in the Central American community residing in the city.
Michelle Tovar, the Associate Director of Education – Spanish Outreach and Latin American Initiatives at the Holocaust Museum Houston opened the evening discussing the museum’s Latin Initiatives Advisory Committee (LIAC) and it’s aim to highlight untold stories promoting responsible individual behavior, cultivating civility and pursuing social justice. Through collaboration with institutions and scholars throughout Latin America, dedicated to human rights, genocide, and Holocaust education, as well as to contemporary challenges, Holocaust Museum Houston will develop curriculum and resources that will be accessible for educators throughout the United States and Latin America.
Maria Vilma Duran, LIAC member and founder of the Central American Collective (CAC), shared the vision of CAC along with a partnership with Javier Kafie for his upcoming project.
Cuatro Puntos Cardinales took the audience on a beautiful trip immersing everyone into the stories from the northern, southern, eastern and western parts of El Salvador. The film showcased the cultural, social and ecological diversity of the Central American region after the Salvadoran Civil War through the lens of the filmmaker.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious spread of Salvadoran antojitos by catering sponsor Little Casita Mexican Restaurant 2 prior to the movie.
The evening ended with a very special Q&A with filmmaker Javier where he shared stories about his life, the inspiration behind the film, and the impact it continues to have with audiences across the world.
This event was possible thanks to:
Pan American Round Table of Houston | Consulado General de El Salvador en Houston | Consejo de Comunidades Salvadoreñas de Houston | Camara de Comercio Centroamericana
Little Casita Mexican Restaurant
Photos from the event courtesy of ATurcios & MDuran