Several Latin American films are featured in this year’s fest, including the Colombian films Matar a Jesus and Pájaros de verano; Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and The Guardians from Mexico; Chilean Tarde para morir joven; and:
¡Las Sandinistas!, Nicaragua/USA, 2018.
¡Las Sandinistas! reveals the untold stories of Nicaraguan women warriors and social revolutionaries who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution, the ensuing US-backed Contra War, and documents their leadership in the continuing struggle for justice today. The film reveals a magical moment in world history when thousands of female rebel fighters transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership. Nicaraguan women from every social class fought on the front lines on an unprecedented scale in the Sandinista rebel army, and after the defeat of the brutal Somoza dictatorship, these same women pioneered groundbreaking nationwide medical, social, and education programs. Today, as the current Sandinista government is erasing these women’s stories of heroism, social reform, and military accomplishments from history books, these same women are fighting to reclaim history – and are once again leading inspiring popular movements for equality and democracy.
Tucson: Nov. 8 - 15. Full lineup and details here.