The CSUN Department of Journalism, CSUN Latino Journalists Club, El Nuevo Sol, and Proyecto Memoria present a screening and panel discussion of the award-winning film, “Cautiva,” directed by Gastón Birabén.
Cristina’s life is thrown into turmoil when she is suddenly escorted from her strict Catholic school in Buenos Aires and told that she is really Sofía Lombardi, the daughter of activists who disappeared in the ’70s. Questioning everything she once thought true, Cristina embarks on a journey to find her true identity. Meeting others like herself, the young girl soon discovers the real-life horrors of Argentina’s relatively recent past and the nightmare that claimed tens of thousands of lives during the country’s “dirty war.”
About the panelists:
He was born in Mar del Plata, a province of Buenos Aires.
Birabén has directed award-winning films that have won at the national and international level, including “Vibration,” which represented Argentina in the UNICA Festival in Cologne, Germany, in 1982.
He studied filmmaking and art history and literature at Los Angeles City College and UCLA. He holds a master’s of fine arts degree form the American Film Institute.
He has worked in Hollywood with stars as Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, and Eddie Murphy. He has worked major motion pictures as “The Fugitive,” “My Cousin Vinny, “Patch Adams,”I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Liar, Liar,” and “Nothing to Lose.”
Birabén lives in Los Angeles.
Gabriel Lerner is the editorial director Director of HuffPost Voces (www.huffpostvoces.com).
He is a journalist, blogger, columnist, and editor. Born in Buenos Aires, Lerner has lived in Los Angeles since 1989. He worked for 14 years at La Opinión, the largest Spanish language daily in the U.S., as news editor.
Lerner is the author of four books and is the father of four sons.
Dr. Jose Quiroga is a cardiologist and co-founder and director of medical services at the Program for Torture Victims (PTV). He serves as a vice president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). He also serves on the boards of PSR National and PSR-LA.
In 2008, Quiroga’s work was instrumental in passing landmark state legislation which made California the first state in the nation to officially condemn the use of torture since the beginning of the “War on Terror.”
Quiroga worked as a personal physician to Chilean President Salvador Allende before fleeing Chile after the coup d’état t of 1973.
Quiroga decided to flee due to increasing harassment and threats under the Pinochet regime. After securing his position at UCLA as an associate researcher in public health, Quiroga left Chile with his family in 1977.
Quiroga urges doctors to get involved in the community and politics of one’s country to impact and make change in society.
Fantini is a survivor of the terrorism in 1970s Argentina. Aside from his professional experience as a teacher and journalist, his interest in literature has motivated many to engage in cultural events and organizations. Fantini is the author of “Mi abuela, Soldados y Arminda: Cuentos de Amor y de Guerra,” Mirando Hacia el Sur” and “El Retorno de Fulgencio Arcoiris.”
Fantini writes for the Huffington Post, AOL Latino and other media. He is founding editor of The Firefly Online.
Licensed psychologist Ana C. Deutsch has worked in various mental health clinics serving the Latino population.
Deutsch has worked with refugees from Central America, and political refugees from other countries in Latin America. She has been hailed as an expert in the psychological consequences of human rights violations by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Deutsch is director of the Los Angeles-based Program for Torture Victims.
Founded in 1980 as the first program of its kind, the nonprofit organization provides medical, psychological and case management services to survivors of torture who find their way to California. Program for Torture Victims was founded to help the healing process and to inform the public about torture and its consequences. Through the program, Deutsch has helped thousands of victims rebuild their lives and contribute to society.