News and Updates from the Maestra Team!
August 2016 | News and Updates
Dear Maestra friends and family,
The summer has been full so far! In June we wrapped up Luisa Campos highly successful US tour. In August we're hosting a number of workshops with young women and artists, connecting the Maestra story to young people's personal stories and visions of justice. 

MAESTRA continues to inspire. We are delighted to continue sharing this story and thank you for sharing the road with us.

For more info, write us at 

Un Abrazo,

Catherine Murphy and the Maestra Team

In this Issue:

Summer Screenings and Workshops
Maestra VOD Streaming from WMM
"Translating Utopia" Interview in Cuba CounterPoints

"You Gotta Move" by Lucie Phenix
The Issues:
Education | Social Justice | Cuba | Docs
Summer Screenings and Workshops
July 27th, 2016 - Chicago, IL
MAESTRA was screened as part of the UIC Social Justice Initiative's HOLA CUBA festival.

August 2nd , 2016 - East LA, CA
Catherine taught a workshop with young women filmmakers in the NuevaNovelas project headed by Kimberly Bautista at the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory in East LA. They talked about distribution, audience engagement, call to action campaigns and viewed their works-in-progress! (Pictured above)

August 3rd , 2016 - San Francisco, CA
Our summer intern Madi Lusk led a  half-day workshop at 826 Valencia Writers Workshop dedicated to the question "Why Writing Matters." We will jointly publish the student writing, available soon on the Maestra website. (Photos below)

Keep up with our upcoming screenings and events HERE

Maestra is now available for Vimeo on Demand online streaming through Women Make Movies.
It is also available for the at-home DVD price of $19.95.
We're thrilled that this story is now more accessible. Buy here.
"Translating Utopia" - Catherine Murphy talks with Jaqueline Loss

Catherine Murphy talked with Jaqueline Loss for Cuban Counterpoints about the making of MAESTRA, her relationship with Cuba and the impact and continuing life of the film. Read Here
"You Gotta Move" - by Lucie Phenix

In 1985 Lucie Massie Phenix and Veronica Selver premiered "You Gotta Move" a documentary of social change in the U.S. South. The film follows communities throughout the South, centering on the history and important work of the Highlander Research and Education Center.

This film is as relevant today as when it was released in 1985. Watch the trailer below.

The Issues:

Education | Social Justice | Cuba


A Snapshot of Cuba's Underground Private Sector

This short doc The New Che of La Havana follows a self-described “neo-hippie communist" and tatoo shop owner as he navigates Cuba's free-market economy. Watch below.

The Cuban Woman: A Rising Power

Fidel Castro is said to have called for women’s rights to be a ‘revolution within a revolution.' Read More.

No Entry Film Festivals

A list of film festivals with no entry fees. Read more.

National Geographic Cuba Photos

Check out National Geographic's collection of Cuba photos from across the island. Read more.
We are raising funds to continue  distributing Maestra and to expand The Literacy Project's work in 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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