portrait of actor Yalitza Aparicio

Yalitza Aparicio

An Evening with Yalitza Aparicio

Nov 12, 2019, 4:30–5:30 PM
Alumnae Hall
Free and open to the public

Yalitza Aparicio, actor, teacher, and activist was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the 2018 award-winning Mexican film Roma. The Newhouse Center invites Professors Irene Mata (Women and Gender Studies), and Codruta Morari (Cinema and Media Studies) to interview Ms. Aparacio about her work in Mexican cinema, her responses to overnight global fame, and her subsequent wide-ranging social justice activism. Screenings of Roma will be held prior to the event.

Born in 1993 in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico, Ms. Aparicio, a primary school teacher, answered a call for Alfonso Cuarón’s highly stylized story of childhood, Roma. Since the day she was cast as a housekeeper in the role of Cleo, Ms. Aparicio has intentionally used her new platform to advocate for gender equality, indigenous rights, and labor rights for domestic workers. The first indigenous woman to appear on the cover of Vogue Mexico, Ms. Aparicio is also the first indigenous woman nominated for an Academy Award and the second Mexican woman ever nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress.

Doors to Alumnae Hall auditorium will open at 3:45pm. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. 

Screenings of the film Roma: Thursday, November 7, 6:30-9 pm | Sunday, November 10, 1:30-4 pm | Collins Cinema

For more information, please contact:

Lauren Cote, lcote2@wellesley.edu

Generously supported by:

the Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Women's and Gender Studies, and Cinema and Media Studies.