Introduced by Licia Fiol-Matta (NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese) and moderated by Jennifer Duprey (Rutgers University Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies). A conversation with the creators of _El silencio del viento_2017 (The Silence of the Wind), _El Chata_2017 (The Sparrow), and _Antes que cante el gallo_2016 (Before the Rooster Crows). Students and the academic community at NYU will have the opportunity to dialogue with the directors, some of the actors, screenwriters, sound designers, and producers of these three groundbreaking Puerto Rican films.
Licial Fiol-Matta is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She is the author of _A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral_ (2002, University of Minnesota Press) and _The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music_ (Duke University Press, 2016).
Jennifer Duprey is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She is the author of _The Aesthetics of the Ephemeral: Memory Theaters in Contemporary Barcelona_ (SUNY University Press, 2014) and the Editor of Whose Voice is This? Iberian and Latin American Antigones(Hispanic Issues On-Line Series, 2013).
Álvaro Aponte-Centeno began his career making television documentaries for the Puerto Rican public television channel, in which he served as editor, cinematographer and director. He has received the _Best National Director_award and _Best Short Film_award three times at the Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival. His second Short Film _My Holy Gaze_ was the official selection in competition at the _Cannes International Film Festiva_l in 2012. The same year he was also part of the official selection in competition at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia;Stockholm International Film Festival;International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana,andtheHong Kong International Film Festival. The film _El silencio del viento_was selected to participate in a _Sundance Workshop Lab_for emergent screenwriters and directors, in Los Angeles, the _II Workshop Cinematic Project of Central America & Caribbean_ in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he won first prize for his film developing. With this same project, he was selected to participate in the co-production section of the _San Sebastian International Film Festival_ 2014, and the comeback to the same festival where he participated in Film in Progress(closed competition for films in post-production) 2016. He also won an important French prize, the _Aide Aux Cinema du Monde and Doha Film Institute_to do all the post-production in Paris, France 2017._El silencio del viento_ was awarded with the prize for Best Film at the _Argentinian Film Festival_ in Mar del Plata. It has also been showed at the _Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse, 22 Festival de Cine de Lima-Perú,Munich Film Festival,Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano-Habana, Festival de Cine Global Dominican, Reflets du cinéma ibérique et latino-américain, Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam,_ andFestival de Cine Europeo in Puerto Rico.