3:04 am - Tuesday December 12, 2017

Maestra: documentary

Maestra Screening at La Femme International Film Festival

Davidson/Valentini Theatre 1125 N McCadden Place, L.A. 90038

Maestra screens Sat October 13th – 12:00 p.m. noon

Maestra, the short documentary film (33 min.) by director Catherine Murphy, will screen at La Femme Film Festival on Saturday, October 13th at 12:00 p.m. in Hollywood at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre. The screening will be followed by a Question & Answer session.

Maestra pays tribute to the thousands of young, teenage girls in Cuba in the1960s who volunteered to combat illiteracy across their country, with astonishing results. “This is not just a story about literacy; it is a story about everyday heroes and heroines, about hopes and dreams. It is about the empowerment of 50,000 young women, who threw themselves into an impossible task, and helped change history in their country at the early ages of 16 and 17”, says Murphy, who has spent close to a decade researching archives, tracking down volunteer teachers and recording oral histories of their experience (download press kit at www.maestrathefilm.org).

LA Femme International Film Festival is the biggest women’s festival in the United States with a star studded Awards Ceremony highlighting films from all over the world. The four (4) day fest will screen over 100 films highlighting independent features, shorts, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Renowned actors such as Susan Sarandon and Daryl Hannah are part of this year’s films.

The screening and event schedule for the festival is available online at http://www.lafemme.org/.  Tickets can NOW be purchased online or at the door. Tickets for individual films are $10.

Maestra was produced by The Literacy Project (www.theliteracyproject.org) in collaboration with ICAIC (Cuban Institute for Cinematic Arts and Industry. See trailer and download press kit at www.maestrathefilm.org.
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