Film Screening

Title Conditional: Maestra

Directed by Catherine Murphy (United States, 2012)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm | Room 3515, Tolman Hall
Ivonne and Adria Santana, maestras, 1961.
Ivonne and Adria Santana, maestras, 1961.

Cuba, 1961: 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women. “Maestra” explores this story through the personal testimonies of the young women who went out to teach literacy in rural communities across the island. 33 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Director Catherine Murphy will be at the screening.

“…this film will make a significant contribution to our understanding of our neighbor nation of Cuba -as well as literacy itself- and serve as an important tool in the struggle for justice.” — Dolores Huerta, Co-founder of the United Farm Workers

Trailer for the film

Co-sponsored with the Social and Cultural Studies Program of the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley.