Thursdays | November 13 - December 18, 2014 | 7PM | Free Admission 

Whether the worship of Goddess Pachamama in Tawantinsuyu, the notion of Sumak Kawsay in Andean communities, Shamanism in Peru, Bolivia or Venezuela or the Afro-Brazilian religions Candomblé, Macumba and Umbanda: all of these are just as much part of everyday religious life in Middle and South America as Venezuela's María Lonza, West Cuba's Regla de Ocha (Lukumí) and Jamaica's Rastafarian movement.

In addition to this, almost one-third of the Guyanese population in South America is Hindu, one-fifth of the Surinamese population practice Islam and the majority of the Jewish community in Brazil are Ashkenazi.

Middle and South America's most widely-practiced religion is, however, Catholicism with 488 Million followers - this is the focus of our current film series EN FOCAR RELIGIÓN.RELIGIÃO EM FOCO.

'In human consciousness, religion is inseparable from culture and firmly established traditions fill it with content. Religion, untouched by socio-political developments or changes within the respective countries, can refer to one's weekly attendance of church every Sunday with a Bible under one's arm. Religion can also mean a ritual in the sense of 'religiosity', which is reflected in the interaction with the magnificent symbolism of nature, with the daily, almost mathematically-executed rituals, in perceiving life as a gift of God and not least as a - sometimes more, sometimes less - desperate search for one's personal paradise on earth.' - Fátima Lacerda, Curator

EN FOCAR RELIGIÓN.RELIGIÃO EM FOCO is taking place within the framework of Perspectiva America Latina between November 13 and December 18, 2014. This series is part of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN's ongoing film series WorldWideCinema.

Flyer (PDF, German)

The WorldWideCinema series Perspectiva America Latina takes us on inspiring journeys into the past and present of Middle and South American cinematography. From the 1930s to 1960s, the film industry deferred to the pressure of Hollywood - today, the film industry has manifested itself as confident and independent. Numerous accolades at international film festivals confirm this development.

Middle and South American cinema is a reflection of the geographic and cultural diversity of its various countries. Not only this is thematized, but the films also address universal, quasi 'globalized' questions: the search for happiness, origins and overcoming the ordinary madness of the everyday.