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Maestra News | End Of Year 2015

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Dear Maestra friends and family,

We are so happy to send you our first official newsletter! Maestra has been on the road for three years now, screening at over 50 film festivals, 70 colleges, universities and high schools, and dozens of grassroots community organizations (partial list available here).

We have been putting out regular updates via our social media sites, which you can follow on Facebook here, and now we are excited to launch a monthly newsletter to share the incredible impact of the Maestra story.

Un Abrazo,

Catherine Murphy and the Maestra Team

End of Year Highlights

Colombian Cinema

In September, Catherine was in Bogotá as a funding juror for the Nacional Cinema Institute of Colombia at ProImagenes, helping to distribute close to 15 million pesos in financing for new Colombian films

Fundraisers with Friends

In October, we screened Maestra at two Teaching for Change fundraisers in the DC area, and are honored to support their work for social justice and people’s history curriculum!

The Maestra team with filmmaker and civil rights veteran Judy Richardson at a Teaching for Change fundraiser in October. L to R: Alison Kibbe, Judy Richardson, Kimberly Waller, Catherine Murphy & Mimi Machado-Luces

New Projects

In November, we were in Mississippi filming for our next project about Freedom Schools and liberation education in the Civil Rights Movement. More news on that coming soon!

Fairs and Festivals

We presented “A Year without Sundays” at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco and spoke at the “Archival and Survival” panel at DOCNYC

Looking Forward:

— We attended the Havana Film Festival, where we saw the next wave of great films and supported friends who were debuting new work, especially “Codigo Color, Memorias” by William Sabourin O’Reilly.

— On December 22 at 5pm, The Cinemateca de Cuba will screen Cuba 1961 a special cut from our literacy interviews created by leading Cuban editor Manuel Iglesias, at Cine 23 y 12 in Havana to celebrate El Diá del Educador (Educators’ Day). Come if you’re in town!

We’re grateful for all that 2015 has brought and look forward to 2016!
Join us for another year of storytelling

A Film by
William Sabourin O’Reilly

Our friend and collaborator, William Sabourin O’Reilly, premiered his latest film Código Color, Memorias at the Havana Film Festival in December.
Be on the lookout for screenings in the US and other countries.

Código Color, Memorias
(Color Code, Memories)

A beautiful and poetic film about racism and colorism – indeed about color itself – in 1950s Santiago de Cuba.

Código Color, Memorias

Una pelicula hermosa y poetica sobre prejuicio racial y “colorismo” – sobre el colores en si – en Santiago de Cuba de los 1950s.

We are raising funds to continue  distributing Maestra and to expand The Literacy Project’s work documenting the role of literacy in social justice movements across the Americas. Follow us on social media, share with your friends, and please consider making a donation to support our work.
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