(MENAFN-Caribbean News Global)
WASHINGTON, USA – The short film Carlos Páez Vilaró: Raíces de paz /Roots of Peace, which highlights the artistic, historical and symbolic value of the mural of the same name housed at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, was nominated by the National Capital Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for two Emmy Awards. The documentary was nominated in the Long Form Historical/Cultural Content category, and directors Michael Skinner and Jon Michael Shink were nominated in the Long Form Directors category.
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said of the nomination, “We are delighted to see the value of this documentary recognized, as it is in turn a recognition of the work of Páez Vilaró and of this transcendent work he created at the OAS. This artwork highlights the need to engage in the fight for racial equality, for more rights for more people. The mural captures with images what our words often cannot. We hope the documentary and its makers win these prestigious awards, but regardless of the outcome, we are delighted that, thanks to this documentary, many more people have become aware of this treasure.
Carlos Páez Vilaró, Uruguayan painter, potter, sculptor, muralist, writer, composer and builder (1923 – 2014), created the “Roots of Peace” mural in 1965. It runs under the OAS campus next to the National Mall in Washington, DC, for a total of 530 feet (160 meters). The humidity of the underground space affected it and the artist repainted it in 1975. In 2001-2002 it was again restored by the Spanish artist Roberto Arce.
The documentary on the mural was made possible by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain; the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation; the Permanent Observer Mission of Spain to the OAS; and WADA of the OAS | Art Museum of the Americas.
Through the lens of executive producers Michael Skinner and Jon Michael Shink, the film highlights Carlos Paez Vilaró’s stunning mural and includes interviews with Ángeles Moreno Bau, Spain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs; Carmen Montón Giménez, Permanent Observer Ambassador of Spain to the OAS; Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS; Adriana Ospina, Director of OAS AMA; and Roberto Arce, curator and restorer of Roots of Peace.
Ambassador Montón responded to the nominations saying that “this nomination reinforces the work that Spanish cultural diplomacy is doing to publicize the culture that unites us to the Americas and to Spain. From the Permanent Observer Mission of Spain to the OAS we are very happy, and the appointment already means a reward for our committed work in favor of multilateralism, international cooperation and solidarity with the Organization. and its member states.
The AMA is the main instrument of cultural diplomacy of the OAS. The AMA’s mission is based on the notion that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities. This guiding principle promotes the fundamental values of the OAS by providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, innovation, dialogue and learning, while highlighting themes such as democracy, development, human rights, justice, freedom of expression and innovation. AMA’s work draws on contemporary art to present a constructive vision of the future of the Americas through local and hemispheric cultural exchange.
Capital Emmy Award winners will be announced on June 25, 2022.
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