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Saturday, October 6 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
"Waiting for a Movement: Apathy & the US Educational System": Maestras (30 min) and The Mountain Between Us (12 min) + Q&A/Panel Discussion

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MAESTRA (33MIN, CUBA)
DIRECTOR: CATHERINE MURPHY
CHICAGO PREMIERE

Maestra is a 33-minute documentary that explores the experience of nine women who, as young girls, taught on the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961.The film begins with archival footage from the UN General Assembly in September 1961, when Cuba announced that they would eradicate illiteracy in one year. Over 250,000 citizens volunteered. Interviews, recorded testimonials, and powerful archival footage that took years to compile, tell this story. The volunteer teachers lived with the families they taught, working alongside them in the fields during the daytime & teaching classes (often by kerosene lantern) at night. In the midst of the campaign, the Bay of Pigs invasion took place, and in spite of the dangers and difficulties, their eyes sparkle as they share their stories. And each of them insists this was the most important thing they had ever done.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6ujoBMasc8

 

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (12MIN, NEPAL)
DIRECTOR: MARIA FORTIZ-MORSE
WORLD PREMIERE

The Mountain Between Us is a documentary exposing the challenges that girls face in pursuit of education in rural Nepal. This short film tells the compelling story of two Nepali girls who set out to defy the odds and become the first in their families to attend higher secondary school. Despite societal pressures, these remarkable girls show their determination and desire to reach their highest potential. Child marriage is one burden the girls must face. UNICEF estimates that 51% of children in Nepal face early childhood marriage, 60% are married by age 18. The Mountain Between Us brings light to this situation and displays the lives, hope and aspirations of Nepalese girls, through their own stories.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL2bhkJxMRE


Saturday October 6, 2012 11:15am - 12:15pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

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