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  • Locations: Mexico City, Mexico; Puebla City, Mexico; San Francisco Coapan, Mexico; San Pedro Cholula, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Learning about and producing a community film festival in Cholula offers an experience beyond the academic norm. This program will give students a pragmatic perspective and approach to a Mexican city with a complex history and culture. This experience also seeks to amplify a broader understanding of immigration in order to build bridges and not walls. After the summer program, students can assist with a community film festival in Charlottesville in the fall of 2020 as a means to build transnational community and broaden the conversation around immigration.

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This program will not run in 2021; information for future years will be published when available.

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Puebla is one of the 31 states in Mexico. It is located in East-Central Mexico. The capital city, Puebla City was founded in 1531. The city’s important sites include the oldest library in Latin America, the Museo Amparo, and the Forte de Loreto museum. We will be spending much of our time in the city of Cholula, one of the oldest preserved Mesoamerican cities in the continent with much history, culture, traditions, and art to offer.


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ARTS 2520 Pragmatics of Cinema Community Engagement (3 credits)

Learning about and producing a community film festival in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico offers an experience bringing together cross-cultural discourse in the pragmatics of cinema. This summer study abroad course gives students an introduction to contemporary Latin-American Indigenous Cinema by producing a film festival in the city of Cholula, Puebla which holds a complex history, culture, and indigeneity heritage. In defiance of current political climate vilifying Latinx immigrants often coming from marginalized indigenous communities, the pedagogy covered seeks to amplify a broader understanding of immigration in order to build bridges and not walls. At the core of this course is a direct involvement and hands on work in producing a community film festival in Cholula, Puebla. The course will emphasize the pragmatics of engagement by involving students directly on the production of the festival, working directly with filmmakers, and working with the local communities. Students will have the opportunity to get involved in the transnational film festival to take place in Charlottesville in the fall of 2020 as well.



SPAN 2010 Intermediate Spanish
This course will be taught in English, including lectures, presentations, and class discussions. Interaction with filmmakers, local communities, pedagogical material, and getting around Mexico will require competency in Spanish.


Students will meet as a group in Charlottesville in May 2020. Dates and location TBA.



Students will meet daily as a class for fourteen days, 2-3 hours a day. The two weeks of this course will sum up to a total of 40 hours of contact plus working time outside of class. Contact hours will vary each day and will entail the following: lectures, class discussions, work time, viewing films, site visits, assisting artists/filmmakers, and working on days of the festival.

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Federico Cuatlacuatl |
Born in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, Federico Cuatlacuatl immigrated to Indiana in 1999, and grew up as an undocumented immigrant.
Striving to spark awareness, change, advances, and cultural sustainability. Federico Cuatlacuatl's work reflects on current realities of Hispanic immigrant diasporas in the United States. His research is primarily concerned with social, political, and cultural issues that Hispanic immigrants face in this country.
At the University of Virginia, Cuatlacuatl's research and teaching will focus on socially engaged pedagogy, the dissemination of community empowerment and artistic/academic agency for social change within marginalized and minority communities.

Ashley Duffalo |
Ashley Duffalo is the Program and Communications Manager of the Religion, Race & Democracy Lab at the University of Virginia. Before coming to UVA, she spent 13 years working at the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where her various roles allowed her to develop public programs for youth, families, and adults; manage large-scale artist residencies; and oversee the graphic design studio. She also served on and chaired the board of a non-profit arts organization, Kulture Klub Collaborative, which brings together artists and homeless youth in the Twin Cities.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

All students will stay together in hotels. Breakfast will be included with the lodging. 
Students are responsible for their own lunches, and most dinners. 

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.


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The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will NOT need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

Vaccine Information
All travelers should consult with their doctor and the CDC webpage to see which vaccines are recommended.

This program is currently not accepting applications.