¡Las Sandinistas! – Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films
October 24 @ 7:00 pm
Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 PM for a screening of ¡Las Sandinistas! . This film is part of the 2018 – 2019 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The screening will be held at the Hearn Stage inside the Kress Theatre. Q & A with filmmaker Jenny Murray will follow the screening.
¡Las Sandinistas! uncovers the untold stories of women who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution, and the ensuing US-backed Contra War, as these same women continue to lead the struggle for justice today against their current government’s suppression of women’s rights and democracy.
The film is centered around the personal stories of Dora Maria Téllez, the young medical student who became a Sandinista General, and four of her revolutionary allies – Nicaraguan women who overcame traditional gender barriers and subverted stereotypes to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social reform.
¡Las Sandinistas! exposes a watershed moment in history whenthousands of women transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership before facing renewed marginalization by their male peers after the wars ended. Now, 35 years later, amidst staggering levels of gender violence in Nicaragua, and while their own stories are being erased from the history books, these same women brave the streets once again to lead the popular movements for equality and democracy.
Southern Circuit is the South’s only tour of filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. Southern Circuit provides organizations with the opportunity to screen work from emerging filmmakers and some of the medium’s most respected directors. The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.