US | 2012 | 33 minutes | Color | DVD | Spanish | English subtitles | Order No. 141121
“Highly recommended for all audiences; perfect for a classroom setting with ample time for discussion."
"This film brought tears to my eyes. It is beautiful."
"Catherine Murphy has created a project with rare and intimate access....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."
“’MAESTRA is a compelling and beautifully filmed reconstruction of one of the most significant campaigns in Cuban history.”
"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."
"Catherine Murphy's project rescues the most important literacy experience in the Americas. The result, I am certain, will rise to the challenge."
"'MAESTRA’ is a celebration of the joy of teaching and learning despite all obstacles."
“[T]his excellent documentary artfully… examines the campaign’s effect on women and how it enabled them to challenge traditional gender norms… the film is an excellent addition to any syllabus on the Cuban Revolution as well as on revolutionary transformation and revolutionary societies generally.”
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Indie Fest, Winner, Best Woman Filmmaker Award
- Ojai Film Festival, Honorable Mention
- Black Maria Film Festival, winner Director's Choice Award
- Vermont International Film Festival
- Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
- LA Femme Film Festival
- San Francisco Latino Film Festival
- Bahamas International Festival
- African Diaspora International Film Festival
- New Orleans African Film & Arts Festival
- San Francisco Documentary Festival
- Raindance Film Festival, London
- Traverse City Film Festival
- Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles
- Muestra Itinerante de Cine del Caribe (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Costa Rica, Aruba, Panamá)
- Festival de Cine Cubano in Florence, Italy
- Festival de Cine Pobre. Gibara, Cuba
- Central Wisconsin Film Festival
- AFI Silver/DC Caribbean Film Fest
- Panama Festival
- Havana Film Festival in New York
- Festival ICARO, Guatemala
- Mumbai Womens International Film Festival
- San Diego Black Film Festival
Catherine Murphy is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has spent much of the last 10 years working in Latin America. She is founder & director of The Literacy Project, a multi-media documentary project on adult literacy in the Americas.
As an independent producer, Murphy's work has largely focused on social documentaries. She has field produced films like Saul Landau's WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP?, Eugene Corr's FROM GHOST TOWN TO HAVANA, served on the production crew of GAY CUBA; and subtitled STEALING AMERICA by Dorothy Fadiman, Jaime Kibben's THE GREENING OF CUBA, and OUT AND REFUSENICKS by Sonja de Vries. She also served an archival researcher for Susanne Rostock's recent biography of Harry Belafonte, SING YOUR SONG.
Murphy served as senior staff producer at the TeleSur TV Washington bureau in 2006 and has produced content for PBS, TeleSur, Avila TV, Pacifica Radio National, WBAI and KPFA.
While in Caracas in 2009, she founded Tres Musas Producciones, a collaborative production house of independent women producers working in film, music and literature.
Four short stories based on her interviews were published in Eduardo Galeano's most recent book, "Espejos".
MAESTRA is her directing debut. (01/14)