News and Updates from the Maestra Team!
2015 End of Year News and Updates
Dear Maestra Friends and Family,

As the year winds to a close, we're feeling very grateful for a full year of sharing the Maestra story and connecting with people and organizations working on current-day efforts for social justice.

Our work to spread important stories of social justice and literacy is made possible through the support of our community - including you - who believe in the power of this work to make positive change.

You can donate to our ongoing efforts here.*

For more info or questions, write us at

Un Abrazo,

Catherine Murphy and the Maestra Team

*Gifts of $250 or more are tax-deductible, but only when made through the Maestra page at Women Make Movies, our fiscal sponsor.
End of Year Highlights

Our past few months have been especially full!

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!

PHOTO: 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.

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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. 


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


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