Central America: Migration, Inspiration, Transformation

Knowledge Sharing Event, Social Impact Event
Central America: Migration, Inspiration, Transformation
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Date(s) - 16/01/2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

QUT Kelvin Grove Campus



Happy New Year Brisbane!!!

We’re excited to be kicking off 2018 with a focus on Central America, and the opportunities for connection and collaboration with this incredible part of the world.

We will be showcasing the work of two inspirational professionals from the region:

1) the award-winning Guatemalan Director Luis Argueta, with an exclusive screening of his film “Abrazos” which tells the story of 14 children who travel to Guatemala to meet their grandparents for the first time, and who, after decades of separation, are able to share stories, strengthen traditions and reconstruct their cultural identity.

2) Australian engineer and development professional Corrina Grace, Founder and Executive Director of SERES, an organisation working in Guatemala and El Salvador to cultivate and catalyze youth leaders to create more just and sustainable communities in the region.

The evening will involve a screening of Argueta’s “Abrazos”, a presentation by Corrina on the incredible work SERES is doing in the region, and a facilitated Q&A on the issues of migration, sustainable development and community empowerment in Central America and what opportunities exist for Australians and Latin Americans to connect and collaborate with key players in the region.


Luis Argueta

Luis Argueta Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American director and producer whose work spans feature films, documentaries, shorts, commercials, and episodic TV. His film The Silence of Neto – the story of a 12-year-old boy coming of age in 1954 Cold-war-Guatemala- is the first Guatemala’s film internationally recognized and awarded. The Guardian, listed Mr. Argueta as one of Guatemala’s National Living Icons, alongside Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and Singer/Songwriter Ricardo Arjona.

“I am convinced that after watching ABRAZOS you will find resonances with your own life and family history no matter where you come from.  I also hope that you will consider getting involved in some way. Your support will be crucial to develop and carry out an outreach campaign in partnership with key organizations working in areas of child development, children’s rights and mental health.  I hope you agree — their stories need to be told.”  (Luis Argueta)



Corrina Grace

Corrina Grace has facilitated transformative programs for more than 1,500 young people – engaging and empowering them to take action and accelerate the transition towards sustainability in the Central America region.

Corrina’s goal is to turn SERES into a name synonymous with sustainable, thriving, resilient communities around the world. A mechanical engineer, Corrina’s skills and experience range from consulting engineering to expertise in the financial and private sectors, offshore work with Engineers Without Borders, project and construction management and transformative leadership and facilitation.

Corrina was one of 50 selected youth participants at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development and is a Fellow of the 10th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.



This event is generously hosted and supported by:

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