Broadening Our Thinking: Team Recommendations, Part 5

Today we wanted to fill our fortnightly recommendations with a variety of topics. In this edition we bring you a podcast to investigate in the «war on drugs» speech, a women’s health entrepreneurship in India, a short documentary on the privatization of water in the Montes de María, a coVID-19 care recruitment report in Cartagena and a book to understand racism in our region.

We want you to take on the challenge of consuming and feeding our recommendations during these two weeks. Team hugs!

Jenifer Colpas, the executive director, recommends the film «Padman.»

«Padman is a film that portrays in many cases the drama that rural women experience in India (and many other countries in Asia and Africa) by not having adequate implements for their menstrual hygiene, either because of their high cost or because talking about menstruation is taboo. The film is told through the entrepreneurship story of a man who decides to embark on a journey to create a women’s health care facility.

Alexander Durán, director of operations, recommends the short documentary “Woman, Water and Resistances,» produced by the Corporation Solidarity Development.

«In Columbia,  water is stolen,» is denounced by rural communities in various parts of the country, including San José del Playón in the Montes de María. This short, five-minute documentary produced by the Solidarity Development Corporation is one of the chapters of the Rural Women series. It highlights the arduous struggle of women to access clean water against enemies that have privatized water sources and blocked streams and canals so that liquid does not flow: Palm-growing companies.

Jose Estupiñan, Communications, and Marketing Coordinator recommends the episode «Voices from the Cocal,» from the amphibious Tales podcast.

Relatos Amphibians (2018 – 2019) is an experiment of Dejusticia and Cartagena Federal that is born of the taste for disseminating stories related to the defense of human rights in Columbia and the South-Global. In the episode «Voices from the Cocal,» we find ourselves before the «war on drugs» speech that has silenced the voices of those who have searched the coca crops for a way to flee to poverty and abandonment of the state.

Through the voices of women growers in the Andean-Amazon region, we will explore the challenges of rural life, machismo, armed conflict, and criminalization. Despite the severe conditions, through their leadership and community participation, women have built a territory where they seek to live with peace and dignity.

Listen to the full episode here. 

Extra content

This week the Civic Social Foundation Pro Cartagena, FUNCICAR, made known the District’s investment to address the COVID-19 health emergency. At the cut of May 28, $27,813 million has been invested in 61 contracts. 67% of these resources were held with two companies.

We invite you to read the communiqué and the full report here.

In Tierra Grata, we are not indifferent to the events that transform the world. For the past two months, our purpose has been to provide recommendations for coping with confinement and isolation. In recent weeks an unwarranted event in the United States has blown up the bomb of institutional racism.

This is not unique in one country. Like the virus, it is contagious and has been around longer. It is necessary to know our history as a region to understand its roots and the still-current normalization of its manifestations. For this reason, on this occasion, we bring you an unusual recommendation: «The uncomfortable color of memory,» a book that combines two facets of Javier Ortiz Cassiani, his research rigor of historian and literary talent of storyteller.

Using the Columbiana geography, its own and foreign characters, the music of bagpipes and drums, the smells and flavors of Cartagena de Indias and his childhood memories,  Ortiz Cassiani presents a commitment to continue to fight against the historical practices of oblivion and the daily practices of exclusion, discrimination, and racism.

In an interview with Canal Cultura, the historian Javier Ortiz Cassiani presents his book, which details parts of the absent and forgotten black history. If you want to purchase it, go to this link or contact the author directly.

«It could have been just that. A black boxer, like many, who threw sledgehammers in the ring. He (Muhammad Ali) preferred to do it in his way. He beat them all, but he never fought with ethics and aesthetics. Racist North America, who was only interested in seeing two blacks bursting their racism in the sand, had to get used to their extraordinary dance and lucid verb.»

The awkward color of memory, by Javier Ortiz Cassiani.

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