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Greetings Friends

May 17, 2023 9:00 pm 10:30 pm

Greetings Friends is a full-length essay film made by Pau Pescador, titled after a Disney Studio produced film. In 1941, the United States government created the Office of Inter-American Affairs out of concern for the potential Nazi infiltration in Latin America. They hired Walt Disney to produce animated cartoons, most of which focused upon Latin America as subject, some of theses videos took on health issues, such as malaria, water treatment and tuberculosis as well as produced animated characters as visual representations for these countries. In Pescador’s 2017 essay film, she reconsiders these cartoons and their relationship between cultural diplomacy and colonialism. She examines some of the regions that Walt Disney visited, and attempts to understand how Disney iconography is still being culturally appropriated today.

Greeting Friends is presented as part of the Summer Screening Series, which runs every Wednesday at 9:00PM from May 3rd-August 31st.