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Cuba, 1961: Thousands of teenage girls join the National Campaign for Literacy to help teach their country to read and write. Traveling to remote mountain regions, often against the will of... See full summary »

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Catherine Murphy

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Eve Goldberg
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Alice Walker ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diana Balboa Diana Balboa ... Herself
Norma Guillard Norma Guillard ... Herself
Gina Rey Gina Rey ... Herself
Adriá Santana Adriá Santana ... Herself
Daysi Veitia Daysi Veitia ... Herself
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Cuba, 1961: Thousands of teenage girls join the National Campaign for Literacy to help teach their country to read and write. Traveling to remote mountain regions, often against the will of their parents, they lived with their students for up to one year, teaching at night and on weekends. Over 700,000 illiterate adults learned to read & write that year. And the young teachers lives would never be the same... Written by Anonymous

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USA | Cuba

Language:

Spanish

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15 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Havana, Cuba

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Maestra, a must see film!
21 January 2014 | by chachita777See all my reviews

Maestra is a wonderful film based on the 1961 Cuban Literacy campaign where thousands of young people left the comfort of their homes for the first time & answered the call to teach others in the countryside how to read & write. This film focuses on the stories of women who reflect on this time in their lives with great pride & joy.

The film has wonderful footage from that time in history, the uniforms, the photos, the pencils & paper, maestras or brigadistas with their host family, the smiles. The interviews in the film are with many amazing women who went to the country side in their teen years & they tell wonderful stories of how their parents reacted when they wanted to take off on this adventure, about how it was to work in the fields during the day & teach at night, about the immense joy in teaching someone to read & write, the stories are heartwarming & often very funny!

You will learn a lot about Cuban history in this film as well as learn about the U.S & C.I.A's failed invasion under the Kennedy administration "The Bay of Pigs"

Last but not least the music in this film is amazing! All in all it is a very positive & educational piece of work that will inspire people to know that anything is possible with dedication & often the most fulfilling thing in life is sharing something of yourself with others & in turn learning from them as well. Go see it! Maestra!!!


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