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4 virtual events this week of April 12 to 18

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"In Our Best Interests: Afro-Southeast Asian Affinities during a Cold War" is an exhibition that "presents contemporary art works and archival material that nuance Afro-Asian legacies." Photo from OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, April 12) — Here are four virtual events to check out as we enter a modified version of community quarantine this week.

Instituto Cervantes presents "Del corto al largo” featuring “Mala Espina” and “Marsella”

For those growing tired of the usual Netflix fare, Instituto Cervantes de Manila is presenting “Del corto al largo,” a series of contemporary Spanish films by four filmmakers. On April 14 and 15, they will be screening Belén Macías’s 2001 short film “Mala Espina.” Adriana Ugarte (who starred in Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta”), in one of her first roles, plays a teenager on vacation and comes into a huge conflict with her elders.

Macías's second feature film “Marsella” will be screened from April 17 to 18. The film is about the relationship between nine-year-old girl, Claire, her biological mother, Sara, and her foster mother, Virginia. 

The film will be available for 48 hours starting 2 a.m. (Manila time). Check the Instituto Cervantes de Manila Facebook page for updates.

Rudolf Rahmann Lecture Series: Cebu and the Visayas at Spanish Contact

In this first webinar of the Rudolf Rahmann lecture series, professors Danilo M. Gerona of the Partido State University and George Emmanuel R. Borrinaga of the University of San Carlos will talk about “Cebu and the Visayas at Spanish Contact.”

The webinar is on April 14, 2:30 p.m. and will  be streamed live on the official Facebook page of the USC Department of Anthropology, Sociology and History. Register here to join via Zoom.

Nayong Pilipino as a Creative Hub

Nayong Pilipino has a 9.5 hectare property in Paranaque, 70 percent of which will be an urban forest while 30 percent will have structures “that can provide a space for training resources, research resources, culture technology support, incubation, creative entrepreneurship, opportunities for linkages with investors and partners.”

The discussion Umpukan sa Nayon will tackle “how the Nayong Pilipino Foundation actively serve the creative sector and nurture Filipino creativity in the NPF property?” The multi-sectoral consultation on April 16 will involve creatives from the Philippines as well as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and the U.K.

Join the Zoom discussion at 3:30 pm by registering here.

"Afro-Southeast Asia: Pragmatics and Geopoetics of Art During a Cold War" webinar

The webinar series "Afro-Southeast Asia: Pragmatics and Geopoetics of Art During a Cold War" is about expanding “the current discourses that shape the history and legacy of Afro-Asian solidarity by prospecting connections and imagined affinities between Africa and Southeast Asia as regional frameworks that emerged out of Cold War decolonisation projects.”

For April 17, (8 to 9 p.m.), art historian and curator Patrick Flores’s “Craft and Potency, Place and Relations” will talk about the “geopoetic potential of curatorial labor” while historian Naoko Shimazu will talk about “Diplomacy as Theatre: Staging the Bandung Conference of 1955” at 4 p.m.

Register through natalie@greyprojects.org. Visit afrosoutheastasia.com for more details.