Ser Mujer: A Final Week of Celebrating Women
By Carole Schor
International Women’s Month continues with more exciting events, talks, and films presented by Ser Mujer. On March 22 at 1pm at the Biblioteca, Ser Mujer is proud to present No Le Digas A Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone), a film by Mikaela Shwer, the story of Angy Rivera who, since the age of 4, has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now a young adult and facing an uncertain future, Rivera became an activist, writing a column “Ask Angy,” the first US advice column for undocumented youth. No Le Digas tells the story of how unjust immigration rules impact the lives of ordinary people who just want the chance to live the best and most productive life possible.
Ser Mujer Events this Week
Tue, Mar 22, 1pm
No Le Digas A Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone)
Teatro Santa Ana
Wed, Mar 23, 11am
Teatro Santa Ana
8pm, El Sindicato, Recreo 4
Mila Villasana, an illustrator currently residing in San Miguel de Allende, will be on hand to share her personal story of migration and eventual deportation back to Mexico. Born in Cuernavaca, Mila spent her early years in Mexico and at nine years old migrated to the US with her mother. They were reunited with her father, who had migrated the previous year. Mila and her family lived as undocumented immigrants in Burlington, Vermont, for 11 years. Given her migratory status, she was unable to pursue a post secondary education and thus returned to her native country.
Maestra, a film by Catherine Murphy, will be shown on March 23 at 1pm at the Biblioteca and at 8pm at El Sindicato. The film documents the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign during which 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. Of those teachers, 100,000 were under 18 years old. Over 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.
Catherine Murphy, a US filmmaker, activist, and educator, will be joining us to speak in both Spanish and English about her documentary, as well as social justice and literacy in the Americas.
This will be the final event for Ser Mujer for 2016 International Women’s Month but not the end of our important work, such as training those who work with people who have been sexually abused or live with domestic violence. Supporting partners of Ser Mujer include the Center for Global Justice and the Instituto para las Mujeres Guanajuatenses, a local government office advocating for equality and human rights and protection for women facing violence. The Institute operates a 24-hour hotline at 075 offering crisis intervention and safe shelter for families facing abuse and violence.
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