Ser Mujer: A Second Week of Exciting Programs
By Trish Snyder
Ser Mujer is proud to present a second week of programming honoring the struggles and successes of women around the world with a series of films, talks, panel discussions, and activities throughout San Miguel de Allende. Organized, presented, and planned by Mexican, American, and Canadian women, Ser Mujer is partnering with the Center for Global Justice, Instituto para las Mujeres Guanajuatenses, UNAM, El Sindicato, and La Biblioteca.
Tonight, Friday, March 11, we are excited to present a poetry reading featuring poetry about, for, and by women. Local women poets, including the award-winning Sandra Cisneros and San Miguel poet Judyth Hill, will be reading their works at the Casa de las Artes Escénicas at El Sindicato, Recreo 4 in Centro, from 6 to 8pm.
On Tuesday, March 15, there will be two showings of Llévate Mis Amores, an intimate look into Las Patronas, a group of Mexican women who, every day since 1995, make food and toss it, still warm, to the Central American migrants who travel atop the freight train La Bestia (“The Beast”) as it makes it way to the US. The producer of this documentary, Indira Cato, as well as one of the members of Las Patronas, will be on hand to discuss the film and the outstanding dedication of these women whose bravery, love, and solidarity contrasts with the violence faced by these undocumented migrants as they risk loss of life, limb, and family to find a new life in a new world. The event will be held at La Biblioteca in English from 1 to 3pm, and in Spanish at UNAM, Mesones 71, from 5 to 7:30pm.
A bilingual panel of local women entrepreneurs will be held on Wednesday, March 16, at La Biblioteca from 11am to 1pm. The driving forces behind four projects: The Rug Hook Project and Las Rancheritas, Mujeres Productores de Montecillo, The Lavender Projects, and Patty the Plumber (Patricia Zermeño Williams of “Better Call Patty”) will be talking about their work and how they help and inspire other women in the community.
Solar Mamas, a film about the Barefoot College of Women in India which trains impoverished women from around the world to become solar engineers, will be presented by award-winning French and Canadian photographer and filmmaker Varial (Cedric Houin), who documented the lives of 15 indigenous women from Latin America as they prepare to leave for this incredible journey, participate in a six-month training period in India, and return to their communities to electrify more than 100 homes. Solar Mamas will be shown at La Biblioteca on Thursday, March 17, from 1 to 3pm.
It is important to us at Ser Mujer that all community members are able to attend these programs. Tickets for all programs at La Biblioteca and El Sindicato are available one week before the event and have a suggested donation of 75 pesos, unless otherwise noted, and no one is turned away. All events at UNAM are free. For more information, go to our website: http://sermujersma.com/en/ser-mujer-ingles.