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"Catherine Murphy has created a project with rare and intimate access....Her film will preserve the oral histories of a generation that will soon be gone. The historical significance of this archive - and its lessons for the present - cannot be overstated." Howard Zinn, Historian and Author
In 1961, over 250,000 Cubans joined their country's National Literacy Campaign and taught 707,000 other Cubans to read and write. Almost half of these volunteer teachers were under 18. More than half were women.
Narrated by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Alice Walker, MAESTRA explores the experiences of nine women who, as young girls, helped eradicate Cuban illiteracy within one year. Interweaving recent interviews, archival footage, and Campaign photos, this lively documentary includes one of the first Cubans of her generation to call herself a feminist and one of the first openly proud members of Cuba's LGBT community. MAESTRA highlights the will and courage that made the monumental endeavor possible and the pivotal role of women's and youth empowerment in building a new society.
To celebrate this new release, WMM is offering a 50% discount on select related titles when you purchase MAESTRA at list price! Choose from these films below that cover a wide array of issues including education, literacy and identity in Cuba & the United States. Use promo code MAETEAE14 to apply your discount.
Distinguished Anthropologist Ruth Behar (recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship) returns to her native Cuba to profile the island's remaining Sephardic Jews and chronicle her family's journey to the U.S. as Cuban-Jewish exiles.
World famous blogger Yoani Sanchez uses social media to denounce and combat violations of human rights and free speech in Cuba. FORBIDDEN VOICES shows the Internet's potential for building international awareness and political pressure.
Feeling increasingly isolated in her adopted homeland, accomplished documentarian Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (SILENCE BROKEN: KOREAN COMFORT WOMEN) travels to Cuba to unearth stories from a relatively unknown group in the Asian diaspora.
Antonia Pantoja, visionary Puerto Rican educator, activist, and early proponent of bilingual education, inspired multiple generations of young people to combat racism and discrimination, and worked to secure a bilingual voice in the US.
There are over 800,000 students enrolled in migrant education programs in the United States and, of those, only 45-50% ever finish high school. ESCUELA is a clear-eyed view into the lives of contemporary Mexican American migrants and their struggles to educate their children while obtaining employment.
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