Asynchronous Online Assignment
Watch the Aftershocks of Disaster Film from Yarimar Bonilla and Juan Carlos Dávila on Vimeo.
Pick ONE of the following assignment options and post your answer in the comment section below:
Yarimar Bonilla and her collaborators argue that “a disaster is not a singular event but always an unfolding process.” Referring to at least two scenes, discuss how Aftershocks of Disaster makes the case for a complex understanding of climate and natural disasters in Puerto Rico. Analyze how US colonialism and governmental neglect (local and federal) are key factors to contextualize the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Pick ONE of the themes below and discuss how the activists, educators, journalists, and/or artists explain and offer solutions to these specific topics:
.Mental Health/Suicide Prevention (Minutes 1:40-6:20/ 21:25-25:15)
.Accepting and giving consent to colonial and imperial neglect (Minutes 6:20-9:50)
.Narrating the loss (Minutes 9:50-12:25)
.Media and the politics of representation (Minutes 12:25- 17:00)
.Diasporic support/documenting the relief efforts (Minutes 17:00-21:00)
.Creating a future for Puerto Rico/ Queer identities (Minutes 25:15-27:40)
.Food activism/mutual aid/ organizing a sustainable movement (Minutes 27:40-33:15)
Using either your own experience, that of your family or loved ones, describe how you (or your people) felt the “aftershocks of disaster” in Puerto Rico. Reflect and integrate at least two of the different perspectives presented by the documentary.