About the Film:
Community Partner: Metro Justice/Ciudad Hermana
¡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.
This screening is part of Women's History Month, and will feature a panel discussion after the film. March 8 is International Women's Day.
Yacarely Mairena was born in Managua, Nicaragua in 1986. She lived in Nicaragua up until 2015, when she moved to Rochester as a Fulbright Scholar to get an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Before that, she started an NGO in Nicaragua called Enlace Project, which focuses on empowering small rural communities in Rochester's sister community of El Sauce in the northwestern part of Nicaragua through education, small business sustainable development, and community projects. She also worked with Nicaragua Peace Corps as the Project Specialist for their Entrepreneurship Program for four years.
Dr. Barb LeSavoy is Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGST) at The College at Brockport (SUNY). She teaches Feminist Theory; Global Perspectives on Women and Gender; Gender, Race, and Class; and Senior Seminar in Women and Gender Studies. Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, identity politics in literature and popular culture, intersectionality and gender equity, and historical to contemporary perspectives on women’s rights. Dr. LeSavoy serves as lead faculty for a global classroom linking students at The College at Brockport in NY with students at Novgorod State University in Russia. She also has taught several Women and Gender Studies seminars at the NY Institute of Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Tickets: $9, student/senior discount of $6 with ID