“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.
Testimonio is the Latin American literary tradition generally defined as a first-person narration in which the narrating voice is that of a witness testifying to their personal experiences. Usually, this narrator has faced instances of social or political inequality, oppression, or any form of marginalization. Often, the individual perspective represents a larger, collective story that took place in their community. And in general, the testimonio seeks to rally support and create a more just future.
An intimate portrait series of the LGBTQ+ community in Memphis from filmmaker Jon Bryant Crawford called Tell Me a Memory could be considered, in many ways, a series of Testimonios, and while a current of pain may run through some of the stories, the dominant notes are joy and empowerment. Crawford has created a beautiful series of short films that you can watch for free, and then you can join him in conversation with moderator Tony Horne on Tuesday evening at 8pm. The series has been produced in collaboration with Crosstown Arts. The conversation with Crawford is offered and organized by the Indie Memphis online Movie Club. It’s free, but you’ll need to register online.
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