WCSU to screen ‘Project Enye: A Voice for First-Generation Latinos, Between Two Worlds’
DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University will screen “Project Enye: A Voice for First Generation Latinos, Between Two Worlds” at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Room 122 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. Following the screening, Project Enye founder Denise Soler Cox will discuss how the challenges she faced in navigating two worlds — her Latino family and the Anglo world in which she lived — led her to devise the project. The screening and discussion will be free and the public is invited.
According to its website, Project Enye (ñ) “is an unorthodox, multi-platform documentary project about first-generation American-born Latinos that uses cultural and familial stories to build community among this large and growing population. Each week, the filmmakers pre-release these documentary stories to their audience via multiple formats, including 3-5 minute video micro-docs, podcasts, blogs, social media and live community presentations. Each micro-doc showcases intimate, unscripted ñ stories and commentary that touch on topics ranging from identity and language to family and assimilation. Although story details vary, each segment reveals commonalities about the shared ñ experience in America that collectively define this generation one story at a time.”
Cox, a sought-after speaker, blogger, entrepreneur, Internet marketer and film producer, was inspired by an identity crisis in her 20s to help other American-born Latinos find unity between their two cultures. In the film, Cox reflects on her personal struggles growing up as an American-born Latina, or Enye. Raised in a Spanish-speaking household, many Enyes have grappled with cultural identity issues. Their “home” culture reflects the heritage and traditions of their family’s country of origin, which often conflict with the mainstream American culture they experience everywhere else. Cox’s ambition is to create awareness of the shared Enye experience, giving it a name to generate a powerful sense of belonging for a population struggling to understand where it fits in.
Dr. Patricia Ivry, interim dean of the School of Professional Studies at WCSU, said, “We’re thrilled to bring ‘Project Enye’ to our community. It is an exciting program that has received much acclaim. The documentary film draws attention to the experiences of first generation Latinos/as. Many WCSU students, regardless of their own ethnicity, will be able to identify with the experiences of Denise Soler Cox, as depicted in the film. To make it even better, Denise will be here to talk with us after the viewing of the film. We are hoping that people in the community will join us for this event, thereby enriching the conversation.”
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