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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Las Sandinistas!

2018, Jenny Murray, Nicaragua/USA, 97 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 30th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 30th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 1st 2:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 1st 7:45pm
  • Sun, Dec 2nd 5:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 3rd 8:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 4th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 5th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Dec 6th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Provocative…full-bore charisma and intelligence." - Keith Uhlich, Hollywood Reporter

Heroines of Nicaragua's 1979 Sandinista Revolution get their due in this documentary that underlines for posterity the leading role of women in the FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) through present-day encounters with the female leaders who made it happen. First-person accounts by key women, including former commander Dora Maria Téllez, reveal how thousands of sheltered country girls and home-bound wives and mothers answered the call of the nation's struggle for social and economic justice to become warriors who shattered gender barriers and matched or bested the men in combat against the troops of the totalitarian Somosa regime in the U.S.-backed Contra War. Compelling historical interviews and combat footage serve to create then-and-now portraits of the film's featured interview subjects, who ushered in a new era of equality, only to see their place in history gradually diminished and erased under the administration of Nicaragua's current president Daniel Ortega. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Jenny Murray is scheduled to appear for audience discussion following the screenings on Friday, 11/30 at 8:00pm and Saturday, December 1 at 7:45pm.

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