[Sfbay-video] Granito de Arena - Documentary Film Premiere in San Francisco on Feb. 8
a. mark liiv
mark at whisperedmedia.org
Fri Jan 27 14:19:42 PST 2006
Documentary Film Premiere in San Francisco
Wednesday, February 8
2781 24th Street
Benefit Screening for CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival
Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand) is the inspiring, and sometimes
unsettling, story of the Mexican teachers' movement and their
grassroots, non-violent struggle to defend public education from the
devastating impacts of economic globalization.
"An essential, resounding, overwhelming story. The film is a cry of
outrage; the message, a cry of hope."
Pablo Gentili, Public Policy Laboratory, Rio de Janeiro
Award-winning filmmaker Jill Freidberg (This is What Democracy Looks
Like) spent almost two years in southern Mexico documenting the
strikes, marches, and direct actions of over 100,000 teachers,
parents, and students fighting the privatization of Mexico's public
Nominated for the Intl. Documentary Association's 2005 Pare Lorentz Award
Winner Best Documentary, Intl. Documentary Festival "Tres
Continentes," Caracas, Venezuela
Interviews with internationally-recognized figures, such as Eduardo
Galeano and Maude Barlow, place the Mexican teachers' struggle in a
global context, clearly spelling out the relationship between
economic globalization and the worldwide public education crisis.
"Important...disturbing...a film that views education from below,
from the classroom and the community. Anyone concerned about
education, human rights, labor unions, Latin America, and
globalization will want to see this inspiring film."
Mexican Labor News and Analysis
A sixty-minute documentary, Granito de Arena also gives voice to the
increasing number of teachers within the movement who believe the
movement itself is in crisis and who are exploring community-based
alternatives in their struggle to defend public education. Featuring
a driving soundtrack by DJ Food, Slowrider, Correo Aereo, and Los
Mocosos, Granito de Arena fuels indignation, inspires action, and
raises important questions about democracy, sovereignty, and the
universal right to public education.
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