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LINGUISTICS, SIP - Film screening of documentary, "Silvestre Pantaleon," with producer and co-director Jonathan Amith

SpeakerJonathan Amith, Research Fellow, Anthropology, Gettsyburg College
Date Apr 8, 2014
Time 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  
Location Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
Cost Free and open to the public.
Sponsor Department of Linguistics; Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; American Indian Studies Program; Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; Department of Anthropology; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for Translation Studies
Contact Professor Ryan Shosted
Event type Film Screening
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Jonathan D Amith (Ph.D. Anthropology, Yale University, 2000) is an anthropologist, linguist, ethnobiologist, and historian. In the early 1990s he worked with indigenous artists from central Guerrero on an exhibit of protest art to stop construction of a hydroelectric dam that would have inundated the region. The art formed the basis of two exhibits (Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, 1995, and Parque La Villette, Paris, 2002) and a catalogue, "The Amate Tradition: Innovation and Dissent in Mexican Art" (1995) that Amith edited about the exhibit and region.

After receiving his doctorate, published by Stanford University Press (2005) as "The Mobius Strip: A Spatial History of Colonial Society in Guerrero, Mexico," Amith has dedicated himself to documenting two Nahuatl and one Mixtecan endangered languages with support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the Hans Rausing Endangered Language Project. He has a house in San Agustin Oapan, where Silvestre Pantaleon, his first venture into ethnographic and documentary film, was shot.

Amith will be available after the film to answer questions.

To learn more about the movie, visit:

To view a trailer of the film, which is 65 minutes in length: 

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