Hugo Serejo Genes

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Research Interests

  • Seashore plastic collection initiatives/challenges along the Brazilian coastline

Subfield: Cultural Anthropology
Advisor: Prof. John Collins

Hugo Serejo Genes is a filmmaker, and PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology. He is currently studying at the CUNY Graduate Center, holds a Masters in Nonfiction Filmmaking from the City University of New York Hunter College, and a degree in Economics from Cornell University. The Louise Lennihan Arts & Sciences Grant will support pre-dissertation research in Bahia, Brazil. There, Genes will focus on local seashore communities, and their responses to the influx of plastics from the ocean. Genes was a Fulbright Scholar in 2016, working with the Xavante Indians of Mato Grosso Brazil on video/photo production, and the development of their first village-based audiovisual archive. Hugo is the writer and director of several films including Collegetown, a feature narrative-doc hybrid illuminating the social and financial pressures that determine choices made by debt-ridden U.S. college students. He is also a former member of the Illuminator Collective, which stages guerilla projection interventions.