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Maestra Film Guide for Educators

Discussion guide for the film Maestra which documents the role of women in the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign.

Cuba, 1961: 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women.

MAESTRA is a 33-minute documentary that explores the experience of nine women who, as young girls, taught on the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961. Through current day interviews from in their homes in Havana, archival film footage and still photos, we look at this moment and how it changed their lives as women.


Vanderbilt CLAS


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Grade Levels

9–12, College