News from the Consulate
On July 21 Consul General Tanya C. Anderson, hosted an Iftar dinner at her residence with regional authorities, leaders of local Muslim communities, and civic organizations. The Consul General highlighted the shared Islamic and U.S. values of community and compassion and underscored the importance of religious freedom. She also reiterated the commitment of the Consulate General to continue working with local Muslim communities.
The School of Cinema and Visual Communication of Catalonia (ESCAC) hosted U.S. filmmaker Alan Brown on Thursday, July 10. Brown gave a master class to aspiring filmmakers participating in an intensive summer program. During the class, students screened Brown’s first short film titled “O Beautiful” and discussed best practices. Brown advised students on how to write compelling stories, work with actors, and shoot within a limited budget and time frame. He also described how film and other art forms can be used as tools to facilitate political change. He underscored that filmmakers must be aware of what they put on the screen because it can affect lives in unimaginable ways. He reminded students of the power of cinema and advised them to use it well.
Award winning film-maker and author Alan Brown participated in a breakfast roundtable hosted by Consul General Tanya Anderson. The event gathered representatives from the local LGBT community to discuss how the arts, including film, can be an effective means to promote LGBT rights and initiatives. Those gathered represented a large variety of NGOs dedicated to serving various segments of the LGBT community. In the context of using the arts as a tool for political change, Brown reminded attendees that his work would be useless if it is only seen by an LGBT audience. Participants discussed the various ways of disseminating activist art to the broader community. The need to motivate young people to participate was also underscored and Consul General Anderson drew attention to the use of the Internet and new technologies to as a means of reaching a broader audience. Participants also discussed some of the challenges to securing and maintaining rights for the LGBT community, including funding and changing social attitudes.
On Thursday, July 3 Consul General Tanya Anderson hosted a celebration for the 238th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence. The nearly 600 attendees came from all sectors of the region’s society including government, business, education, and the press. The theme of the celebration was “Building Bridges: Barcelona - San Francisco Friendship.” In her remarks, Consul General Anderson highlighted some of the most important ties that unite the cities of Barcelona and San Francisco, including technology, diversity, and shared history. The national anthem was sung by Gwen Perry and the Whim 'n Rhythm a capella group from Yale University entertained guests with songs throughout the night.
- Consular Services visit to Andorra, October 17, 2014.
The U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona will remain closed on Wednesday September 24 in observance of a local holiday.
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