This film brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. It is beautiful.
Writer and Peacemaker
Pulitzer Prize Winner
Author of "The Color Purple"
Catherine Murphy's project rescues the most important literacy experience in the Americas. Her protagonists share their own experiences, each telling a formidable collective adventure. Catherine has dedicated her time, energy and talent to this project. The result, I am certain, will rise to the challenge.
Uruguayan Writer and Journalist
Author of "The Open Veins of
The Cuban Literacy Campaign is an important but little-known chapter in the history of the Americas. 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 film footage, and Catherine's compelling storytelling. Based on personal testimonies of teachers and students from the campaign, her film will preserve the oral histories of a generation that will soon be gone. The historical significance of this archive -and its lessons for the
present- cannot be overstated.
Author of "The Peoples History of the United States"
Catherine Murphy's film shares this story of a nation overcoming illiteracy, showing that great things are possible when people organize and work together. I believe this film will make a significant contribution to our understanding of our neighbor nation of Cuba -as well as literacy itself- and serve as an important tool in the struggle for justice.
Co-founder of the United Farm Workers
President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation