Journalist will explore the role of the documentary in victim reparations

Montse Armengou Martín

Can art, specifically the documentary, be a tool to hold governments accountable? Journalist and documentarian Montse Armengou Martín will explore that question on Wednesday, March 27, during her visit to campus as a Poynter Fellow. Her talk, titled “The Documentary as a Tool for Seeking Reparations for Victims When Appropriate Government Policies Do Not Exist,” is co-sponsored by the Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies, and will be in Spanish. It will take place at noon in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

Martín, who was the 2016-2017 King Juan Carlos chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization at New York University, has directed a series of documentaries, often on political and social issues. In 2015, she directed a film about the enslavement and abuse of children in state Catholic orphanages during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. In 2013, she directed “Abuelo, te sacaré de aquí,” which chronicles the Valley of the Fallen, a fascist mausoleum in the middle of Europe, among others.

Her work has been recognized by Grand Prix, the Human Rights Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, IFTA, the Catalan Women’s Association, and Prix Liberpress, and has also been used as a resource for policy makers and non-profits. Specifically, her work has been referenced by several United Nations special units, including the  Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, and the Working Group on Forced Disappearances.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Patti Solis Doyle, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Larry Fink.

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