Cuban Studies Program: Film Screening: "Maestra" - Free Event!

The Cuban Literacy Campaign is an important but little-known chapter in history. Catherine Murphy has created a project with rare and intimate access to this history.

Her documentary MAESTRA brings together moving interviews with living witnesses, beautiful archival footage, and Catherine's compelling storytelling.

Cuba, 1961: 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women.

MAESTRA explores this story through the personal testimonies of the young women who went out to teach literacy in rural communities across the island - and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.


http://www.maestrathefilm.org/index.php?mnu=2#

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6ujoBMasc8 (trailer)

http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/node/1932

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  • john t

    very interesting

    May 3, 2013

  • Sarah F.

    I'm incredibly disappointed, but I cannot be in Cambridge by 5:30 tonight -- I have to work on the North Shore until 6:30. I'm so very sorry to miss this.

    May 2, 2013

    • Sarah F.

      Thank you, Joana! After Memorial Day, my schedule will be much more flexible. I hope you all enjoyed the evening.

      May 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I heard someone saying that it would be screened again today... I don't have the details, though.

      May 3, 2013

  • Abby m.

    As a part-time literacy teacher this movie was so impressive and heartfelt. It's a part of history I wasn't aware of. It was great to see everyone as well.

    May 3, 2013

  • Joana

    I also really enjoyed meeting you all. Great conversations and laughs!

    May 3, 2013

  • Joana

    It was a wonderful story depicting a movement that brought literacy, dignity, and empowerment to both teachers and students for that point in time. Especially for the young women, they found liberation in service and as well as those who learned how to read and write. There was so much passion in those who served as teachers in eradicating illiteracy in Cuba. What really impressed me was the interview of the "maestra" who turned teacher, she swelled up with so much emotion holding back the tears, as she described her profession as an art form and a great honor. It makes me wonder of how many people are out there that would say that they love their jobs with such passion to the point of bursting into tears?

    It was a story of a slice of time in Cuba's history. This was good story of where we do not often hear such stories.

    May 3, 2013

  • Joana

    There is another event in the same auditorium, this event maybe little to start.

    May 2, 2013

  • Joana

    There is a group of sitting at the couches at the bottom of the stairs.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is this place? Is near Kendall Station or some where else? Thx;)

    May 2, 2013

  • Ana

    Great event Joana. I wish i would be there to go : (

    May 2, 2013

    • Joana

      I would be so honored if you fly over the way over her to attend my Meetup, that would be wow!

      May 2, 2013

  • Joana

    Let me know if anyone is interested meeting at a local eatery after the film.

    May 2, 2013

  • Joana

    This auditorium is located downstairs. Go downstairs and lets meet at the lobby. There are couches right outside the entrance.

    May 2, 2013

  • Rachel

    Reconfirming for tomorrow.

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Nathalie

    Hi Joana. Thanks for organizing this event. Where should we meet tomorrow?

    May 1, 2013

  • Abby m.

    I'm confirming for Thurs. Cuba

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Leslie W.

    Reconfirming and bringing a friend.

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Joana

    I am reconfirming my attendance. I am still attending this event, and you? Look forward to meeting you all.

    April 30, 2013

  • Joana

    I know a lot of people reserved a long time ago. So I know who to expect please leave a comment here to reconfirm your attendance. Thank you!

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is this place? Is near Kendall Station or some where else? Thx;)

    April 28, 2013

    • Joana

      Hi Tasha, This nearest T stop is Harvard Square. This is two blocks south from the main.Harvard Yard.

      April 30, 2013

  • Vira

    sorry conflict

    April 19, 2013

  • Joana

    If there is interest, we could all go somewhere to eat and drink after this event?

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    maybe

    March 4, 2013

  • Joana

    I just wanted to reinforce the attendance policy. Please only reserve "yes" if you are definitely attending. If you are a "MAYBE", please type " MAYBE " in the comments field for the event.

    If you are no longer able to attend this event, please change your reservation to "not-attending". Organizers need to have an accurate attendance count to plan events. We need to know who and how many to expect at events.

    I understand emergencies may happen, however the norm should be for the majority to show-up for the events that they have reserved.
    If you have a history of "no-show", you may be removed from the group.

    I just wanted to make sure that we all have a common understanding regarding attendance expectations. Thank you for listening.

    March 4, 2013

  • Sarah F.

    I can't wait for this!

    February 21, 2013

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