La Femme Film Feslowres 10.13 MAESTRA ArchivalStillbyLiborioNoval1961tival takes place in Hollywood October 11th through the 14th. Maestra, the short documentary film (33 min.) by director Catherine Murphy, will screen on Saturday, October 13th at noon at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre.  The screening will be followed by a Question & Answer session.

Maestra pays tribute to the thousands of young, teenage girls in Cuba in the1960s who volunteered to combat illiteracy across their country, with astonishing results. “This is not just a story about literacy; it is a story about everyday heroes and heroines, about hopes and dreams. It is about the empowerment of 50,000 young women who threw themselves into an impossible task, and helped change history in their country at the early ages of 16 and 17,” says Murphy, who has spent close to a decade researching archives, tracking down volunteer teachers and recording oral histories of their experience (download press kit at

LA Femme International Film Festival is the biggest women’s festival in the United States with a star studded Award’s Ceremony highlighting films from all over the world. The four (4) day fest will screen over 100 films highlighting independent features, shorts, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Renowned actors such as Susan Sarandon and Daryl Hannah are part of this year’s films.

lowres 10.13 Maestra archival-footage-teacher copyThe screening and event schedule for the festival is available online at Tickets can NOW be purchased online or at the door. Full Access VIP Passes are at $150 for regular price, and discounted are available for WGA & SAG members at $59; tickets for individual films are $10; and single seminars are $20.

Maestra was produced by The Literacy Project ( in collaboration with ICAIC (Cuban Institute for Cinematic Arts and Industry. See trailer and download press kit at

What: Maestra at La Femme Film Festival, Hollywood, CA, October 11th – 14th
Where: Davidson/Valentini Theatre 1125 N McCadden Place Los Angeles 90038
When: Maestra screens Sat October 13th – 12:00 p.m. noon