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Columbus on Trial
A film by Lourdes Portillo
1993, 18 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99284
Inspired by the controversy surrounding the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' "discovery" of America, Portillo has fashioned a fanciful version of a courtroom were Columbus to return from his grave to stand trial. Cross-examined by the Latino comedy group, Culture Clash, Columbus is charged with atrocities against the Native peoples of the New World, including the rape and violent treatment of women. Satire and parody rule in this dynamic document about American history and colonization.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Sundance Film Festival
  • National Educational, Golden Apple Award
  • Whitney Biennial
  • London Film Festival

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    Filmmaker's Website
    More information about Lourdes Portillo, her films, her production company and her installations. Includes links to articles about Portillo’s work, context and influence.

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