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  • Alex de Miranda 5:17 pm on October 25, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: MOSTRA VII,   

    Opening Gala – MOSTRA VII: Brazilian Film Series 

    SUNDAY – October 30th @ 6:00 PM

    Wabash Building – 4th floor
    424 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL

    $45 – Early Bird until Oct. 29.
    $55 – At the Door
    $25 – Student w/ ID


    Original Title: Encantados
    2014 | 78 min | Drama | Director: Tizuka Yamazaki

    Director in Attendance.


    Synopsis: When taken against her will to an isolated and mysterious Island, young Zeneida loses control of her mind and emotions. Suffocated by her family and reality, the frenzied girl has no choice but to surrender to her fantasies and run away with enigmatic Antonio.

    All they wanted was to consume their passion hidden in the deep forest, also home of mystical beings who awaited Zeneida to present her with her distant past and to impose her shamanic fate.

    SUNDAY – October 30th @ 6:00 PM

    424 S. Wabash, 4th floor, Chicago, IL 

    $45 – Early Bird until Oct. 29.
    $55 – At the Door
    $25 – Student w/ ID


    6:00 PM – Silent Auction, Reception and Entertainment by Brazilian musical Group
    6:30 PM – Greetings
    7:00 PM – Feature Film Screening.
    8:45 PM – Q & A with Director, Tizuka Yamazaki

  • Alex de Miranda 11:39 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink  

    MOSTRA VII: Brazilian Film Series 

    MOSTRA VII: Brazilian Film Series

  • Alex de Miranda 7:57 am on July 28, 2016 Permalink  

    Beyond the Waters – Photos 

  • Alex de Miranda 10:50 am on July 23, 2016 Permalink  

    Beyond the Waters Beach Party + IL-SP Partners Summer Picnic 

    When: Sunday, July 24 at 12 PM – 5 PM in CDT

    Where: Osterman Beach (5800 N. Lake Shore Dr – Hollywood Ave and Sheridan Rd)

    FREE PARKING at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church at 5649 N. Sheridan Road

    Facebook Event:

    Open to all – free event!

    Partners of the Americas, along with Open Doors Organization, is pleased to cordially invite you to attend “Beyond the Waters Beach Party”, our summer event of 2016. The theme of the day is the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. We will be volunteering to help anyone with physical challenges to get to the beach to fully enjoy their day on the Lakefront. Although we anticipate lots of food and beverages, we welcome your potluck dishes and drinks to share at our table. Enjoy a free day of kayaking, cycling, music and games. Bring lots of sunblock and let’s have fun in the sun!


  • Alex de Miranda 1:12 pm on July 18, 2016 Permalink  

    Call for Volunteer – Coordinator Position 

    Olá, tudo bem?

    Partners of the Americas – Illinois São Paulo Chapter is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to fill a volunteer position at MOSTRA VII: Brazilian Film Series, the biggest Brazilian cultural and educational film series in Chicago.

    In order to lead our most valuable asset, our beloved volunteers, the new coordinator must have the following skills:

    • Bilingual (English/Portuguese)
    • Flexible hours
    • A people’s person
    • Reliable and punctual
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Detail-oriented and organized
    • Comfortable using technology
    • Strong communication skills

    The successful candidate will coordinate, plan and schedule volunteers’ agenda, conduct volunteer orientation sessions, delegate volunteer tasks and responsibilities, and inspire the volunteer team. He/she will work closely with MOSTRA’s Director and Coordinators to ensure coverage of volunteers where needed. Evening and weekend hours will be required, in which the candidate is willing do donate at least 3 hours per week from August to October, and 10 hours per week during the event (November 2-17, 2016)

    Benefits include:

    • Leadership experience
    • Cross-cultural & bilingual experience
    • Networking with talented professionals
    • Interaction with filmmakers
    • Invitation for official volunteer party
    • Invitation for special events
    • Certificate of participation

    About Partners of the Americas:

    The Illinois – São Paulo Chapters of the Partners of the Americas is a non-profit volunteer organization, which has been working on developing a greater understanding and vision in the areas of Arts & Culture, Youth Leadership, Social Issues, Environment, Business, Urban Planning & Development, and Health for over 50 years. Learn more at

    Are you willing to be part of an amazing team?

    Send your resume and cover leter to Ariani Friedl, at, with the subject VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR.

    Please share this opportunity with your friends.


    MOSTRA Film Series is a non-profit project presented by Partners of the Americas Illinois – São Paulo Chapters. Learn more at http://www.mostrafilmseries.orghttp://www.illinois-saopaulo-partners.org

  • Alex de Miranda 7:08 pm on June 11, 2016 Permalink  

    Congratulations, Rio! 


  • admin 2:39 pm on April 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: POA Talk Series   

    Photo Gallery – POA Talk Series with Ben Penglase 

    The Illinois-São Paulo Chapter was proud to host the Spring Edition of our talk series at Loyola University Chicago on April 21, 2016. Our guest speaker, Prof. Ben Penglase, presented his experience living and doing research in a favela in the north side of Rio de Janeiro, read part of his latest book Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela: Urban Violence and Daily Life, and answered questions from the audience. The talk was moderated by Prof. Carmen Kordick (Roosevelt University). Prof. Penglase and Prof. Kordick are current board members of our chapter.

    Ben Penglase received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003. He is a cultural anthropologist with research experience in Brazil. . His research interests include race and gender in Brazil, the cultural effects of globalization and neoliberalism, urbanization, human rights and cultural relativism, and Latin American social movements. Dr. Penglase has a joint appointment in Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Loyola University Chicago.
    Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela: Urban Violence and Daily Life
    by R. Ben Penglase

  • Alex de Miranda 10:04 pm on April 7, 2016 Permalink

    Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela – Talk – April 21st 

    Ben 2016_A

    Ben 2016_B

  • Alex de Miranda 10:28 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: 2nd MOSTRA - 2016   

    2nd MOSTRA of American Films in São Paulo 


    The 2nd MOSTRA of American Films in São Paulo, Brazil is a program presented by Partners of the Americas Illinois – São Paulo Chapter, which will be held from March 31 – April 6, 2016.

    The film series will be presenting 17 films, feature fiction and documentaries, and short fiction and documentaries, in four prestigious universities in São Paulo and at the Espaço Itaú de Cinema one of the most prestigious movie theaters in Brazil. These institutions sponsor our event due to its educational and social content, ideal for discussions with university students, teachers and the public in general.

    We will fly 4 filmmakers to participate and present them to the Brazilian public in São Paulo and also to participate of discussions of your film in some of the venues.

    MOSTRA Film Series is project which has the purpose to present Brazilian and American films with social contents and subjects common to Brazil as well as the United States, shown through the Brazilian and American cinematographic lens.

    The great repercussion in São Paulo brought us recognition and through the sponsorship of COPA Airlines, the Illinois-São Paulo Chapter of Partners of the Americas, Ambassy of the United States in Brazil, besides several other institutions, businesses and individuals, such as Odu Brasil Design, OCARA Arquitetura Ambiental, MD Construtora, Phytoterápica and others we are able to put together this educational and cultural project.

    Pictures from Closing Night

  • Alex de Miranda 9:21 am on November 2, 2015 Permalink

    MOSTRA VI – Panels and Panelists 

    Panel on Brazilian Architecture after screening of Oscar Niemeyer – The Fight is Long (A Luta é Longa)


    MONDAY Nov. 2, 2015 @ Illinois Institute of Technology

    2015 | 52 min | Documentary | Directors: Bernardo Pinheiro & José Bessa | English subtitles

    2:00pm // Screening of Short Flm: Alphaville (original title) (15 min), Dir. Paulinho Caruso

    2:15pm // Screening of Oscar Niemeyer

    3:00pm // Architecture Panel


    Edward Keegan is an architect, writer, curator, broadcaster, and educator who has used these diverse platforms as an outspoken critic and strong advocate for Chicago and its unique architectural legacy for more than a quarter of a century.

    Brad Lynch is a founding principal of Brininstool + Lynch, an award winning, design-focused architectural practice based in Chicago.

    Patricia Saldana Natke is a founding principal of UrbanWorks, an architecture, interiors, and planning firm acclaimed for producing socially significant innovative designs which have transformed areas challenged by economic distress and deeply rooted historical struggles.

    Panel on Media after screening of The Staple of News (O Mercado de Notícias)


    FRIDAY Nov. 5, 2015 @ Loyola University (Water Tower Campus)

    2014 | 94 min | Doc. | Dir. Jorge Furtado | English Subtitles

    5:30pm // Short Film: Creatio (original title) (5 min), Dir. Ramon Faria

    5:45pm // Screening of Staple of News

    7:20pm // Discussion and Q & A with Media Panel: Sergio Barreto/Chicagoano; Brian Hiegelke/Newcity; Adhemar Oliveira, Brazilian Distributor.

    About Brian Hieggelke, New City’s editor & publisher

    Brian Hieggelke is the founder and president/CEO of Newcity, a Chicago-based company operating in print, digital and social media environments. He also serves as editor and co-publisher.

    Newcity, which Hieggelke also edits, is an award-winning print and digital publication—”The Publication of Record for Chicago Culture,” founded in 1986.

    About James O’Shea
    A former editor-in chief of the Los Angeles Times and managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, James O’Shea is an author of three books and numerous magazine and newspaper stories. He was also a co-founder of The Chicago News Cooperative, an innovative news start-up that created a Chicago-based digital news site and supplied content for The New York Times.

    About Sergio Barreto

    All-around media professional with over 10 years of experience as a writer, editor, and web producer. Brazilian-born, U.S.-educated, uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between the two countries and cultures. Also experienced in covering the cybersecurity, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors; local (Chicago news); arts & entertainment.

    Panel on Aging after screening of Aging (Envelhescência)


    FRIDAY Nov. 6, 2015 @ DePaul University Chicago

    2015| 84 min | Documentary | Director: Gabriel Martinez |English subtitles

     “Envelhescência” is a documentary that tells the story of five seniors from São Paulo and Santa Catarina state that reinvent themselves after their 60’s.

    4:45pm // Screening of Short Film Bliss (O Teu Sorriso) (18 min), Dir. Pedro Freire

    5:00pm // Screening of Doc. Aging

    6:30pm // Panel Discussion on Senior Citizen’s Issues Carol M. Donnally/Family Institute, NU; and director Gabriel Martinez; Jerry Witkovsky, Author of The Grandest Love


    About Carol M. Donnally/Family Institute, NU

    Dr. Donnelly is an adjunct lecturer in psychology at Northwestern University. She teaches a seminar named “Schools of Psychotherapy” that investigates the major theoretical perspectives and their views on normal, abnormal development and their therapeutic interventions within a ‘biological-psychological-social’ framework.  The seminar provides special focus to competing and controversial perspectives both between and within paradigms.  The emphasis is on Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral (DBT), Humanistic, and Psychopharmacological approaches, with a background discussion on recent developments in Neuroscience.  In addition Dr. Donnelly is a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University specializing in cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders and depression, as well as relationship and women’s issues.

    About Gabriel Martinez

    After graduating from the London Film Academy in 2002, Gabriel returned to Brazil and worked as an assistant director for Carlos Manga Jr. at the Republika films until 2006, when he founded the production company Lado B Filmes. Gabriel had his directorial debut in 2014, with the documentary Envelhescência (Aging).

    About Jerry Witkovsky

    Lifelong Chicagoan Jerry Witkovsky (MSW, University of Illinois) has been a beloved mentor to thousands of individuals and generations of families, thanks to 47 years of professional leadership – 18 of them, as General Director – of Chicago’s Jewish Community Centers.

    Jerry Witkovsky, Author, The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection





    Twitter: @thegrandestlove


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