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
Anastasia LeFlair had a 193 game during her 460 series, while Caitlin McCann got a 410 series, just ahead of the 403 set earned by Abigail Lee. Kiyyasia Elien earned a three-game total of 368.Following that, Solvay lost 7-0 to Christian Brothers Academy on Thursday afternoon featured Lee earning a 422 series, and all of her teammates were close behind.LaFlair had a three-game total of 408, just in front of Raymond (404), McCann (403) and Rylie Dwyer (401), but they all trailed the 497 series from CBA’s Cadence Malicek and 449 series from Sophie Schultz.Making it three in a row, Solvay held off Chittenango 2-1 on Friday, with McCann getting a 475 series ahead of LaFlair (454) and Lee (412 series), overcoming a 519 series from the Bears’ Brooke DiFlorio.West Genesee had its first match of 2020 on Jan. 3 at Flamingo Bowl against Liverpool, and could not get a point in either match against the Warriors.The boys Wildcats did get some good scores from Bobby Bidwell, with a 519 series, and Richard Wituszynski, who posted a 507 set. But five Liverpool bowlers had series of 587 or better, led by Josh Winzens’ 684 set.In the girls 5-0 defeat, WG had a pinfall of 1,961 to Liverpool’s 2,345. Lorelai Leskoske had steady games of 180, 189 and 160 to produce a 529 series as Gabbie Gardner added a 402 series. Ashley Hardy led the Warriors with a 612 series.For its next match, the Wildcats faced Fayetteville-Manlius at Green Lakes Bowl, and WG won on the boys side, pulling out a 2-1 decision over the Hornets.Richard Wituszynski and Bobby Bidwell both finished with 604 series as Wituszynski started out with a season-best 266 game and Bidwell opened with a 224.Helping out, Deano Procopio had a 515 series, just ahead of the 508 set from Connor Chawgo as WG overcame the top individual series by F-M’s Kevin Winschel, who shot a 627 set.Again, the WG girls could not earn a point in its 3-0 defeat to F-M, where again Leskoske paced the Wildcats, shooting a 443 series with a high game of 164. For the Hornets, Shelby Miner finished with games of 250 and 240 on her way to a season-best 682 series.In Wednesday’s match against Cicero-North Syracuse, the boys Wildcats were shut out 3-0, Procopio getting a 579 series with a 222 opener as Wituszynski had a 544 series. Tyler Dottolo had a 258 game and 657 series for the Northstars.The WG girls also took a 3-0 defeat to C-NS, with Leskoske’s 465 series the only one above the 400 mark. Kathleen Artz (529 series) and Katie Cloonan (515 series) paced the Northstars.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: bowlingSolvayWest Genesee Back from its holiday break, the Solvay boys bowling team hoped to maintain the quick pace it set in December while rising to the top of the Onondaga High School League standings.That didn’t prove difficult for the Bearcats in either of last week’s matches, starting Tuesday with a 7-0 shutout of the Weedsport Warriors at Strike-N-Spare Lanes.Owen Britton, with a three-game total of 511, led a steady effort. Alex Gallardo and Ed Matysuk each had 484 series, with Ethan Bigelow’s 461 set just ahead of the 458 from Russ Tarbell. When Solvay shut out Christian Brothers Academy 7-0 on Thursday, it was Tarbell, with a steady 575 series, just ahead of Bigelow’s 574 set as Carter Lee contributed a 555 series.Then a 7-0 win over Chittenango completed a perfect week for the Bearcats, Bigelow’s second game of 245 part of a 624 series, well clear of the 521 set posted by Tarbell that did conclude with a 203 game.The Solvay girls team returned to action last Tuesday and shut out Weedsport 3-0, led by Michalena Raymond, who shot a 486 series with a high game of 180.