Subject of the documentaries “Soy Andina” and “Soy Andina II: The Return,” Nelida Silva spoke alongside associate producer of both films, Doris Loayza, and associate political science professor Guillermo Trejo in a panel discussion that examined local politics and gender in rural Peru.Silva said she was born and raised in the rural Andean town of Llamellin, Peru but moved to New York when she was young and lived there for 20 years. In New York, Silva said she worked as an accountant before eventually returning to her hometown.“I decided to back to my village to teach women, so they could earn some money,” she said.Silva said she was proposed as a candidate for mayor of Llamellin, though she initially struggled to decide whether or not to run for office.“I wasn’t sure,” she said. “Candidates are seen as corrupt people.”The documentary “Soy Andina II: The Return” details Silva’s campaign to be mayor. Silva said she ran on a platform of economic development and ultimately lost the election.Traditional gender roles often deter women from becoming involved in politics, but her candidacy demonstrates women’s capabilities, Silva said.“Despite the macho system, which is dominated by males, there is more space for women,” she said. “However, there were more receptive young people — some men, too, but not those who had a [stake] in politics.”Loayza said producing a movie featuring Silva’s political campaign was an arduous task that presented constant challenges, especially in terms of objectivity.“My role was not easy,” Loayza said. “We had to be objective.”Loayza said making two films about the same place brought about some challenges, especially concerning the locals’ perceptions of the documentaries.“The townspeople were developing the idea that the footage from the town was going to be big and disseminated internationally, which made it hard,” she said.Trejo said the film almost never discusses the country of Peru at large because Peruvian politics has a “more local dimension.”“There’s this idea that you leave but you never leave,” he said, “We are living in a reality with the question of universal citizenship. We are not trees. You don’t belong to one place.”According to Trejo, Silva’s gender played an integral role in the success of her campaign.“[Silva] was facing two enemies: political machines and the question of gender,” Trejo said. “It was interesting and infuriating. It is hard for a woman to be heard — not to speak up, because she was, but the audience wasn’t listening. It doesn’t matter if you have the [microphone].”Tags: Documentary, Peru, soy andina
Assume the Position at PermissionBegins May 20 at the Lucille Lortel TheatreMarried couples frequently take inspiration from other married couples. Typically, it involves things like easy dinner ideas and Netflix recommendations. In Robert Askins’ drama Permission, Eric (Justin Bartha) and Cynthia (Elizabeth Reaser) decide to follow their friends’ lead and make Christian Domestic Discipline the basis of their marriage. This kind of marital overhaul—think a new moral code and role-playing—doesn’t come without consequences. You should see what they are. Click for tickets! Celebrate Spring Break, Broadway-StyleMay 21 at the Diamond Horseshoe“Spring break” is a phrase that conjures memories involving warm beer, wife beaters, and regret. In New York, it’s a much different (and far better) story. Broadway the Hardway’s Spring Break Festival features performances from two stars’ kick-ass bands—Lena Hall’s the Deafening and Lauren Worsham’s Sky-Pony—at a terrific indoor venue. And if you want to get into trouble, go for it. Tomorrow is Friday. The week is basically over. Click for tickets! Check in to the Grand HotelMay 24 at 54 BelowCancel your Sunday plans of worrying about Monday! 54 Below hosts a 25th anniversary concert for Grand Hotel, the classic Broadway musical. The best part about 54 Sings Grand Hotel is the talent involved. Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi and Tony nominees Karen Akers, Tim Jerome and Walter Willison—all original cast members—have reserved a room, so to speak. You should too. Two shows only: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Click for tickets! Star Files View Comments Hey you, mixing sinus medication with your iced coffee. We know allergy season is holding you hostage, but you can’t have pollen and his pernicious pals prick your plans. No way! We have Lena Hall and Lauren Worsham rocking out, a Grand Hotel reunion concert and debuts and premieres galore. Forget about blowing your nose. Open your eyes for this week’s picks! Take Two Hit Musicals HomeIn stores and online May 19If you like to collect cast albums, today is like Christmas combined with your birthday added on to the first day of summer. An updated version of Fun Home and an all-new On the Twentieth Century—two Tony-nominated gems—are released today. So grab a hairbrush, call some friends, and get ready to put on a show. Or you can just listen to them quietly on the subway. It’s totally your call. Have a Second Stage SleepoverBegins May 19 at the Tony Kiser TheatreThat master chronicler of modern-day relationships, Neil LaBute, returns to the stage with The Way We Get By. If that doesn’t get you excited, perhaps this will: Thomas Sadoski (a LaBute veteran) and Amanda Seyfried play Beth and Doug, who wake up after a one-night stand having to deal with “love, lust, and the whole damn thing.” Expect crackling dialogue and exquisite performances from the two talented headliners. Click for tickets! Kristin Chenoweth
Project T3 provides backpacks and overnight bags for many Southeast Indiana children. (Photo: Facebook)Many area residents were at the Sherman House on Sunday for a Coin Paddle Auction hosted by Totes for Tots and Teens (Project T3).Attendees placed bids with quarters and raised a paddle when they were interested in winning an item donated by local residents, businesses or national organizations.The money raised goes toward a good cause. Project T3 provides foster children in Southeast Indiana with an overnight bag as they are being placed into foster care. The organization also provides some local children with a backpack and school supplies.Project T3 serves children in fifteen counties in Southeastern Indiana.Each spring, the coin paddle auction is held and last year raised nearly $6,000.