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Week 4
October 27 - November 2


Directed by Wu Tsang
United States, Single-channel HD video with stereo sound, 2012
74 minutes

Film in English with Spanish subtitles

Wildness is an award-winning documentary about the Silver Platter, a historic bar that is a home to Latina and immigrant transgender communities in Los Angeles. With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party, which explodes into creativity and conflict. At the Silver Platter, the search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations. 

The event is free of charge. To register, please send an email to with the name of the film or films you wish to see. You will receive a link to access the film on the date of the event.

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In this last episode, Michele Fiedler is in conversation with Susana Vargas Cervantes, a writer, researcher, and Assistant Professor in Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University. 


Susana Vargas Cervantes' research mines the connections between gender, sexuality, class and skin tonalities to reconceptualize pigmentocracy. She is the author of the book The Little Old Lady Killer: The Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico's First Female Serial Killer (NYU Press, 2019) and Mujercitos (Editorial RM, 2015). After a Fulbright Visiting Fellowship at Columbia University, she joined Carleton University as an Assistant Professor in Communication and Media Studies.

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