Wayfarer Film Series presents: The Last Colony (March 5, 2020)


Travel the world and experience international cinema with the Wayfarer Film Series at Robbins Library! Catch a glimpse from beyond the continent, snack on fresh popcorn from our brand new popcorn popping machine, and enjoy a variety of films you might have missed at your local theater.

Thursday, March 5
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room

Kanopy Summary:

In 1898, the United States invaded and colonized Puerto Rico as part of the Spanish American War. For 114 years the people of Puerto Rico have maintained a polarizing debate on the STATUS ISSUE that has been front and center of the political discourse on the Island. Puerto Ricans (American citizens since 1917) constantly dispute between the options of Statehood, Independence and Commonwealth.

On November 6, 2012 the people of Puerto Rico held the fourth plebiscite in the Island’s history to try to redefine the political relationship with the United States.

Weeks before the plebiscite vote, filmmaker Juan Agustin Marquez traveled back to his homeland and interviewed leading politicians, historians, sociologists, and economists to dissect the status debate in a multilayered conversation about the pros and cons of each option on the ballot.

His mission: To explain the status debate to the people of the United States, Congress and the President, and bring the American people up to date on this century-old question: Will there be a change in status in America’s Last Colony?

Winner of 2016 Suncoast Emmy Award for Best Director

The documentary is in Spanish and English with English subtitles. This film is unrated with a runtime of 92 minutes.

For additional information contact Verónica at vrodriguez@minlib.net or 781-316-3220. Closed Caption/Subtitles will be provided.

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