Film on Cuban Literacy Campaign: “Maestra” by Catherine Murphy

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I recently came across a preview of Maestra, [Teacher] a film on Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign of 1961 by U.S. director Catherine Murphy. See description and trailer below of Maestra (US, 2012, 33 minutes, Color, DVD, in Spanish with English subtitles).

Description: In 1961, over 250,000 Cubans joined their country’s National Literacy Campaign and taught more than 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 author Alice Walker, MAESTRA (Spanish for teacher) explores the experiences of nine of the 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. With wit and spirit, all recall negotiating for autonomy and independence in a culture still bound by patriarchal structures. Eight years in the making, 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.

See trailer here: 

For more information, see http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c863.shtml

Also see http://www.maestrathefilm.org/  and http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c863.shtml

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