Maestra The Film – A Must See…

MAESTRA Photo by Liborio Noval Untitled December 22, 1961

Cuba 1961 – 250,000 volunteer teachers join the national literacy campaign. Almost half of them were under 18 and over half of them were women. Together they taught a nation to read and write – and their lives would never be the same.

The Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961 dramatically changed the nation’s literacy levels within one year by organizing over 100,000 volunteers — over half of who were women — to teach classes in the rural areas of the country. In 2005, our documentary crew began collecting testimonies of women literacy teachers, exploring how this experience influenced their lives & sense of self, as well as the future of their nation.

This film brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. It is beautiful.
Alice Walker
Writer and Peacemaker
Pulitzer Prize Winner
Author of “The Color Purple”

MAESTRA Catherine Murphy Director Photo by Franklin Reyes 2008

Check out this amazing documentary by Catherine Murphy at


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