Skip to main content
The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
March 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public. (Masking required.) Registration Link for 5:30pm Reception
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

The Amazon Lab at FHI and Screen/Society present:

Laura Huertas Millàn in person

Laura Huertas Millàn is a French-Colombian filmmaker and visual artist. Her award-winning work combines ethnography, ecology, fiction and historical enquiries. Her work also engages with strategies of survival, resistance and resilience against violence. Sensuous and immersive, her films propose embodied and emotional experiences where aesthetics and politics are indissociable.

5:30pm – Reception with dinner and drinks at The Ruby (outdoor courtyard in back)
[ Registration required –> Click here to register for Reception ]

Join us for a reception celebrating the Amazon Lab’s first year at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. Due to the limitations imposed by the pandemic, this will be our first event with food and drinks. We will make up for the lost time and share the Lab’s ongoing activities and future plans.

Main Program:

7:00pm – Screening of three short films (descriptions below)

8:15pm – Panel discussion and Q&A with Laura Huertas Millán

Panelists: Laura Huertas Millàn, Christine Folch (Anthropology – Duke), Gustavo Furtado (Romance Studies – Duke)


Journey to a Land Otherwise Known (2012, 23 minutes)
Drawing on the diaries of Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Hans Staden, Jean de Léry, Charles de la Condamine and others, this film reflects on the imaginary of first European contacts with exotic places and people in the tropics. The film’s narration is accompanied by images shot at the Tropical Greenhouse of Lille, a building constructed in 1970 by Jean-Pierre Secq.


El laberinto / The Labyrinth (2018, 21 minutes)
El laberinto follows the labyrinthine memories of the film narrator who was involved in the spectacular rise and fall of drug lords in the Colombian Amazon.


Jiíbie (2019, 24 minutes)
The elaboration ritual of a green coca powder (called “mambe” or “Jíibie”) unveils an ancestral myth of kinship. In the Muina-Muruí Amazonian community the coca plant is not a product, but a sacred interlocutor, the beating heart of a collective body.


Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public. (COVID-19 Info)

Tune into events & opportunities!

Sign up for our newsletter