Maestra. Catherine Murphy (Cuba), 2012. 33min.

The Making of MAESTRA: Women and the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign.

The 1961 Cuban Literacy campaign involved 250,000 volunteer teachers, many young women, and resulted in 700,000 people learning to read. This powerful story of literacy and rural community is captured in the 33-minute documentary film MAESTRA.

Join us for a screening of the film and a roundtable discussion featuring individuals involved in the making of the film, as well as UNC faculty and students of Cuban history. This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Rare Book Collection in celebration of the gift of the MAESTRA archive to Wilson Library.

5:00 p.m. Reception, Saltarelli Exhibit Gallery, Wilson Library, UNC-CH.

5:30 p.m. Film presentation, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH.

Spanish with English subtitles.

El documental presenta el papel de las mujeres en la campaña de alfabetización cubana de 1961. La campaña de alfabetización involucró 250,000 profesores voluntarios, entre estas muchas mujeres jóvenes, alrededor de 700,000 personas aprendieron a leer. Esta inspiradora historia sobre comunidades rurales y alfabetización es capturada en el documental MAESTRA.

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