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Director Biography – Mark Padilla, Nelson Varas-Díaz (PARTICULAR FRIENDSHIPS)

Dr. Mark Padilla is a Professor of anthropology at Florida International University’s Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. He produced the award-winning documentary “Collapse” which addressed the politicization of the number of dead in Puerto Rico after hurricane María hit the island on 2017.

Dr. Nelson Varas-Díaz is a Professor of social-community psychology at Florida International University’s Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. He produced the award winning documentaries “The Distorted Island: Heavy Metal and Community in Puerto Rico” and “The Metal Islands: Culture, History and Politics in Caribbean Metal Music”. He also directed the award-winning documentaries “Collapse” and “Songs of Injustice: Heavy Metal in Latin America” which has been featured in Rolling Stone. Together, the films have garnered 62 sets of laurels in international film festivals. His documentary film work addresses issues of community formation, linkages between culture and music, and decolonial politics in Latin America.

 

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