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4048 West Armitage Avenue

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Resistimos documents the resurgence of this music as a tool to fight corruption, gender inequality and the austerity measures.

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Resistimos (We Resist) is a 61 minute documentary about the current socio-economic and political issues in Puerto Rico, as seen through the lives of people practicing Bomba music. Bomba is an Afro Puerto Rican music and dance tradition that was born out of the struggle and survival of enslaved people all over the island. Resistimos documents the resurgence of this music as a tool to fight corruption, gender inequality and the austerity measures imposed in Puerto Rico by the US Fiscal Control Board in 2016.

Q & A with Director Diana Quiñones after the screening.

Closing: Bombazo with La Escuelita Bombera de Corazón

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Resistimos es un documental de 61 minutos sobre la actualidad socio-económica y política en Puerto Rico, a través de la vida de personas que practican la música de la Bomba. La Bomba es una tradición de danza y música afro-puertorriqueña que nació de la lucha y supervivencia de personas esclavizadas alrededor de la isla. Resistimos documenta el resurgimiento de esta música como herramienta para combatir la corrupción, la desigualdad de género y las medidas de austeridad impuestas en Puerto Rico por la Junta de Control Fiscal de EE.UU. en el 2016.

Charla con la directora Diana Quiñones después de la película.

Cierre: Bombazo con la Escuelita Bombera de Corazón

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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) is a community-based nonprofit organization serving the neighborhood of Hermosa located in Chicago’s northwest side. SRBCC is the longest-standing Puerto Rican cultural center in the city. Established in 1971, it was named in honor of Segundo Ruiz Belvis, the Puerto Rican founder of a secret abolitionist society that bought and freed slave children during Spanish colonial rule.

In that spirit, SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico, specifically its African heritage.

SRBCC realizes its program philosophy by developing multi-disciplinary programs highlighting the presence of African cultures in Latin America. We utilize dance, music, theater, and other artistic mediums to celebrate Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Latino cultural traditions.

In 2007 SRBCC completed the purchase of a 13,000 square feet retail and office space in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood. The space, formerly the Karlov Theater, was built in 1925 and includes five retail spaces, two apartments, and a theatre area. SRBCC is proud to announce the completion of stage one of a capital campaign. The funds raised were used for the rehabilitation of the retail areas and the conversion of the former theater into a multipurpose arts space. 

 Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and After School Matters partner to offer paid apprenticeships to teens (ages 14-18) to learn Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba and Music Video Production. We also offer weekly and monthly percussion classes, live music events, and community workshops.

 SRBCC evolved from a community arts project developed by Association House of Chicago and community activists of the Latin American Defense Organization (LADO). These organizations supported the economic and democratic rights of the Puerto Rican and Latino community of Chicago, focusing on the areas of civic involvement, citizenship, cultural identity, public education, health, safety and security, housing, and economic opportunity.

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