As part of the 10th Catalan Film Festival: Catalonia Now, IHGMS is pleased to host Montse Armengou, Catalan Journalist and Investigative Documentary Filmmaker, and Professor Sebastiaan Faber, Chair of the Dept. of Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College, in conjunction with the screening of General Report II: The New Abduction of Europe, directed by Pere Portabella.
Montse Armengou will present Documentaries, Victims and Reparation: Investigative Journalism as a Tool for Recovering Historical Memory, a discussion of why investigative journalists have to step in where the state has failed, in Spain and around the world. Her work has revealed unknown aspects of the repression of Franco's dictatorship in Spain.
Since 1985 Armengou has worked for Televisió de Catalunya. She co-directed three award winning documentary films—Franco's Forgotten Children (2002), The Spanish Holocaust (2003), and 927 on the train to Hell (2004)—that examine different aspects of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist State, such as the forced relocation of Republican children, disappearances and mass graves, and the 1940 deportation of Spanish Republicans from the French town of Angouleme to the Nazi concentration camp Mauthausen in Austria. Last year she was the Visiting Chair at the King Juan Carlos Center at NYU.
Sebastiaan Faber will present his talk Experts as Advocates: Foreign Scholars in Iberian Crises, from the Spanish Civil War to the Catalan Question. Faber was widely interviewed and quoted about the current social and political situation in Catalonia, the recent referendum for the independence and its aftermath. He writes in The Nation and appears on Democracy Now!, Real News Network, Free Speech TV's Rising Up with Sonali, and on KPFT's Hi Monitor.
Faber is the author of Exile and Cultural Hegemony: Spanish Intellectuals in Mexico, 1939-1975 (Vanderbilt, 2002), Anglo-American Hispanists and the Spanish Civil War: Hispanophilia, Commitment, and Discipline (Palgrave, 2008), and Memory Battles of the Spanish Civil War: History, Fiction, Photography (Vanderbilt, 2018); he is co-editor of Contra el olvido. El exilio español en Estados Unidos (U de Alcalá, 2009). From 2010 until 2015, he served as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA). Born and raised in the Netherlands, he has been at Oberlin since 1999. For a list of publications with links to full text, see http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/sfaber/public.html.
Following the talks at IHGMS, there will be a screening of General Report II: The New Abduction of Europe by Pere Portabella at the Integrative Learning Center, Room S240, at 6:30pm.