A ground’s-eye-view documentary that examines the integral and central role that women played in the Nicaraguan revolution, SXSW Film Festival award-winner ¡Las Sandinistas! comes to The Frida Cinema for a 2pm matinee screening on Saturday, January 19, and an 8pm screening Sunday, January 20.
Director Jenny Murray’s film uncovers the personal stories of Dora Maria Téllez, the young medical student who became a major General during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution, and four of her revolutionary allies: Nicaraguan women who overcame traditional gender barriers, and subverted stereotypes, to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social reform. In the ensuing US-backed Contra War, these same women continued as leaders in the struggle against their current government’s suppression of democracy and women’s rights.
¡Las Sandinistas! exposes a watershed moment in history when thousands of women transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership, before facing renewed marginalization by their male peers after the wars ended. Thirty-five years later, amidst staggering levels of gender violence in Nicaragua, these same women brave the streets once again to lead movements for equality and democracy.
Directed by Jenny Murray | 2108 | 96 minutes | Not Rated
Saturday, January 19 – 2pm
Sunday, January 20 – 8pm
“As American news channels obsess with the non-threat of the “migrant caravan” seeking refuge in the U.S., Las Sandinistas! arrives as a perfect piece to contextualize why it is these families are fleeing the places where they were born.” — Jose Solis Mayen, The Film Stage
“Murray takes a then-this-happened approach that is far from radical, weaving archival footage and modern-day interviews into a straight-chronological telling of the women’s experiences.” — Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter