Directed by: Jenny Murray
2018 | USA | 96 minutes
Screening + Discussion
Friday, November 22, 2019, 7pm
¡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 portrays 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.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with the following participants: Jonathan Ritter, Associate Professor, UCR Department of Music; Blanca Nuñez, Doctoral candidate, UCR Department of History; Bernard Gordillo Brockmann, Resident Scholar, UC Institute for Mexico and the US (UC MEXUS).
2018 SXSW Film Festival, Documentary Feature Competition