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Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA)
1224 Lemen Ave, Woodland, California 95776
Join us and Pamela Chavez this evening to reclaim migration and all it entails! TANA (Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer) in collaboration with the Davis Phoenix Coalition, Chicanx Studies Department, and with support from the AB540 & Undocumented Student Center we are honored to host Reclaiming Migration: A Night of Storytelling & Testimonios featuring Alejandro Espinoza, Esmeralda Raya, and Bee Curiel.
**A community centered open-mic benefit for the animated short Caracol Cruzando written, directed, and designed by Pamela Chavez.**
Caracol Cruzando is a short animated film about a young Costa Rican girl who must weigh the risks of bringing her best friend & pet turtle across the US/Miami border with her undocumented family.
“My hope is that Caracol Cruzando can be used as a platform to discuss difficult topics regarding immigration with children and families. I hope to highlight the incredible amount of courage and hope we find in stories of immigration, journeys that are filled with lessons of resilience and resistance.” -Pamela Chavez
At a time when issues regarding immigration, social justice and the status of Davis as a Sanctuary City continue to be at the forefront of community forums and civic discussions, the film could not be timelier. Like many historical efforts made to challenge a predominant narrative, the success of Chavez’ storytelling relies on the collective efforts of her extended community.
**Pamela M. Chavez is a qwoc illustrator & animator influenced by contemporary issues directly impacting Latinx communities. Pamela seeks to highlight elements of resilience and beauty that rise from the dark and mundane. Her skill-set ranges from stop motion and hand drawn animation to character concept design and illustrative storytelling in both traditional (pen, ink, oil) and digital (adobe) platforms. Pamela has a BFA in Illustration with a concentration in Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design and also holds a BA in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She combines her previous experience as a youth organizer & activist with the redefining powers of illustration and animation.**
With the support of UC Davis Chicanx Studies faculty and students, in collaboration with the Davis Phoenix Coalition, Chavez will be sharing about her film Caracol Cruzando at Reclaiming Migration: A Night of Storytelling & Testimonios with featured guest on Friday Feb 17th from 6-8 pm, at TANA: Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer at 1224 Lemen Ave, Woodland, CA 95776.
The event will focus on increasing awareness about the upcoming release of Caracol Cruzando, raising additional funds, and creating an opportunity for student and community voices to speak in this moment. All are welcome, queer, trans, undocumented, poc, youth, elder, immigrant, Native, Black, Indigenous, Muslim, poor, working folx--All Our Relations.
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At this Feb. 17th event, we're launching a month-long Kickstarter campaign to help raise the funds needed to complete this film. Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if we can’t meet our goal by the end of the month, we won’t be able to keep any of the funds we raise. We need all of the community support we can get to complete this film!
Our vision of this evening is to create a space of community, connection, healing, and resistance in this critical historical moment. Mark your calendar! Organize your carpools!