NIGHT OF IDEAS
May 19, 2022 – Digital Premiere
The international event comes to Puerto Rico for the first time.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
At 7 pm, our documentary Puerto Rico: (Re)building Together will premiere online with subtitles available in English and French. The video will be available on this webpage, as well as on AFPR’s YouTube channel through May 29, 2022.
Teaser - Puerto Rico: (Re)building Together
Puerto Rico: (Re)building Together - Documentary with English subtitles
After your screening of Puerto Rico: (Re)building together, we would greatly appreciate it if you could answer this survey.
2022 THEME OF THE NIGHT OF IDEAS
Where are we going?
The First Night of Ideas in San Juan
Alliance Française Puerto Rico sincerely thanks the five local initiatives—BotaniCultura, Carite 3.0, Casa Pueblo, Vainilla Castañer, LLC/Visit Rico y Yaucromatic—who participated in our documentary Puerto Rico: (Re)building Together. Its premiere during our first Night of Ideas on May 12, 2022 was just the first step towards rebuilding Puerto Rico.
Likewise, we also would like to thank our friends and students, who attend the screening and the subsequent discussion with the participants.
It was indeed a pleasure to see our maison filled with such excitement and energy.
Night of Ideas in Other Cities
Thursday, May 19, 2022
NIGHT OF IDEAS – MIAMI
The same evening, AFPR’s documentary will kick off the Night of Ideas organized by Villa Albertine and other organisations.
6 – 10 PM
FILM GATE, MIAMI, FLORIDA
For more information, click here.
Puerto Rican Initiatives
BotaniCultura’s founder María Benedetti is a researcher and educator in ethnobotany. After growing up and completing her studies in New York, Benedetti moved to Puerto Rico, her family’s ancestral home. Since arriving on the island, she has worked on various projects in the field of ethnobotany and medicinal plants. Her books share a wealth of Puerto Rican traditions concerning natural medicine. Today, Benedetti directs BotaniCultura, an association that offers conferences, workshops, and certification courses.
Carite 3.0 is a non-profit organization based in Guayama. Its mission is to provide budding farmers to the essential skills to launch their own micro-businesses. In addition to professional training, Carite 3.0 launched the project Casita de la Montaña, which offers activities for local children with the aim of teaching the importance of agriculture and protecting the environment.
Casa Pueblo is a community self-management project, which strives to protect both human and natural resources. It was established in 1980 in response to a proposed mining project that would have devastated various parts of central Puerto Rico. After 15 years, Casa Pueblo succeeded in stopping the project and creating the Bosque del Pueblo (Forest of the People) in its place. In recognition of its efforts, Casa Pueblo received the noted Goldman Prize in 2002. Today, the association runs a variety of projects, including solar energy production for the town of Adjuntas and coffee cultivation, available under the Isla Madre label.
Vainilla Castañer is an agricultural projected directed by Héctor M. Collazo Maldonado and Millyvette García Santos. Its mission is to reintroduce the cultivation of vanilla in Puerto Rico, an industry that flourished back in the 1940s and 50s. Thanks to Vainilla Castañer’s efforts, there are currently 20 affiliated farms that are growing vanilla. In addition, the organization has participated in the the creation of a new initiative in support of the economy of Puerto Rico’s rural areas.
Founded in the town of Yauco in the south of Puerto Rico, Yaucromatic is the main project of the non-profit Arte para Unir, under the direction of Jonathan Hernández. This urban art initiative notably succeeded in bringing both local and international artists to Yauco to create large murals. Thanks to these artistic contributions, Yaucromatic transformed the urban landscape into a work of art, thus making Yauco a new tourist destination and thereby contributing to local economic growth.
PUERTO RICO: (RE)BUILDING TOGETHER
Direction, Interviews, and Narration: Luis Armando Rodríguez
Photography and Sound: Harold J. Leonard
Editing, Animation, and Sound Mixing: Armando Román
Biology and Agriculture Consultant: Georges Félix Lancelloti
Drone Footage: Víctor Pérez Andino
Production Assistant: Cristian Ruiz Matas
Translation: Elise Balland, Gioia Loriot, Daniela Luna
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE PUERTO RICO
Executive Director: Carine Delplanque, PhD
Administrative Manager: Joan Chamorro
Marketing and Communications: Kai Andersen
Night of Ideas 2022 is presented by Villa Albertine, in partnership with FACE Foundation and the Institut français.
The national program in the US is made possible with major philanthropic support from the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.