Like most major American cities, New Orleans is dotted with streets named after important people – some you definitely know (Napoleon, Jefferson, Washington) and others you may not know quite as well (General Pershing, Simon Bolivar, etc).
For the record, General John J. Pershing is one of only two men to ever hold the rank of General of the Armies (George Washington was the other) and Simón Bolívar was a Venezuelan political/military leader who played an instrumental role in gaining Latin America’s independence from Spain.
Everyone knows New Orleans is a city filled with a full, rich, and multi-cultural history – and there are always great opportunities to learn more about it (including the important historical figures that have local streets named after them).
Diary of Bucaramanga - Last Days of Simon Bolivar is a feature film that focuses on the heightened last two years of Venezuelan revolutionary, Simón Bolívar. The political leader was instrumental in the liberation of Latin America, earning him the title, “El Libertador.” The film is based on a 19th century novel by Louis Perú de Lacroix, a French general who fought in the army of Napoleon I and then joined Bolívar’s army in 1823.
According to the director, Carlos Fung, the film “reflects what happened to his dream of continental unity, what happened to the Great Colombia and how that dream disintegrated, by misunderstanding of certain sectors that opposed the political vision of the Liberator."
Diary of Bucaramanga recently won prizes for Best Art Direction and Best First Feature at Venezuela’s National Film Festival.
The Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will hold a screening of this award-winning film on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Freeman Auditorium on the campus of Tulane University.
Before the film, there will be a traditional dance performance starting at 6:45 p.m. – and immediately following the screening, a Q&A with the director will take place along with a Latin American-themed reception with food and music. The event is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by the Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New Orleans, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Alliance Francaise, Cine Latino, and MediaFusion.
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