Humanities Center Talk on Venezuelan Film "Bad Hair"

March 29, 2022
Submitted By: Nicholas Ealy

The University of Hartford Humanities Center Lecture Series for Spring 2022, focusing on the theme of “Fearing the Unknown: Irrationality, Anti-Politics and Conspiracy Theories,” continues Tuesday, March 29 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

The third lecture is “Gender, Race and Politics in Pelo malo (Bad Hair), a Film by Mariana Rondón” by Dr. Alicia B. Ríos, Associate Professor of Spanish at Syracuse University.

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This talk will address the 2013 Venezuelan film Pelo malo (Bad Hair), which takes place in a large, underprivileged Caracas neighborhood that played a relevant role in the consolidation of Hugo Chávez’s revolutionary movement and government. During the session, Dr. Ríos will speak to the racialized, sexualized and class aspects of the film, demonstrating how it is difficult to deliver a conclusive opinion about the main characters and their actions. Given that their lives are in constant turmoil due to the poor conditions of their surroundings, they are impeded from having a clear sense of what is going on and, more importantly, what would be best for them to do.

The Lecture Series on “Fearing the Unknown,” developed and led by Dr. Marco Cupolo, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, is open to all students, faculty and staff. The Humanities Center at the University of Hartford supports interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the humanities through arts, sciences, technology, media, music, psychology, history, film, philosophy and literature. For more information, visit our web page or follow us on Facebook.

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