¡Cine Resistencia! Featuring Documentary Shorts by Anne Lewis 12/12/20

Friends and supporters I am honored to share the documentary short I produced, Emma Tenayuca and the 1938 Pecan Shellers Strike, and join the panel after. Please read below for information for Saturday’s screening. LV

Join us for CineResistencia: Featuring Documentary Shorts by Anne Lewis. Dec 12, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)Register in advance for this screening and Panel discussion which will be held via zoom.


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Two documentary shorts based on the feature documentary Strike and an Uprising (in Texas!) will screen followed by a Panel discussion :

Cine Resistencia Dec 12, 2020 4pm

Emma Tenayuca and the 1938 San Antonio Pecan Shellers Strike (TRT 12:13) is designed for 6 year olds on up. It was made en communidad with performer, cultural worker, and educator Keli Rosa Cabunoc Romero and three elementary and middle school young people. In 1938, more than 10,000 pecan shellers walked out over a cut in their wages. They were mainly women and children. This was the first massive collective action by Latinx workers in the country. The film includes an original song, a visit to Emma Tenayuca’s grave, archival material, oral history, and conversation.

Annie Mae Carpenter and the Uprising in Nacogdoches (TRT 14:32)
tells the story of Annie Mae Carpenter, Secretary of the Nacogdoches chapter of the NAACP. In 1973, Annie refused to clean the male student bathrooms at Stephen F. Austin State University and was fired. The race and gender discrimination suit, Anne Mae Carpenter et al v. Stephen F. Austin State University, went on for more than 10 years. In 1983, a Texas State Employees Union organizing drive began including a 1987 Jobs with Justice march of 3,000 through the streets of Nacogdoches on to campus. Workers won back pay and the right to a union. Designed for high school students, the documentary includes excerpts from oral history interviews, archival material, original drawings, and conversation with Amber Pleasant, Austin educator, and three high school young people.

Panel discussion to follow with moderator Dr. Lilia Rosas, Anne Lewis (Director), Laura Varela (Producer, Emma) Amber Pleasant, (Educator Annie Mae). Biographies:

Anne Lewis, Director, comes out of a movement to make media that helps create opportunity for social change. She has made documentary films (always with limited resources) since the 1970¹s and was associate director and assistant camerawoman for HARLAN COUNTY, USA.

Anne received a United States Artists award, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and awards for specific films including Judge¹s Choice London Film Festival for FAST FOOD WOMEN and the DuPont-Columbia Award for ON OUR OWN LAND. Her intent is to create meaningful work, tell the truth about working class Americans, and contribute to the vitality of independent filmmaking.

Amber Pleasant is a social and emotional learning specialist in Austin ISD. She has 17 years of education experience in Austin. She has taught early childhood through 8th grade. Her passions include culturally responsive teaching, liberatory design, transformative leadership development-rooted in community building to effect change. 

Laura Varela, Producer Emma, is a documentary filmmaker and artist based in San Antonio. Her work is informed by her roots in the US/Mexico border of El Paso, TX, Cd Juarez and Southern New Mexico. Her work explores the cultural, linguistic and physical geography of the Xicanx experience through the use of film and contemporary art installations.   Varelafilm recently merged with Xica Media; a Xicana Artist owned, mission driven, creative agency and digital networks. She is currently developing two PBS documentaries. raul r salinas and The Poetry of Liberation and American Sons. She is also a producer for VoxFem Xicanindia.

Dr. Lilia Raquel Rosas is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but has resided in the southside and eastside of Austin, Texas for over two decades. She is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Red Salmon Arts and caretaker of Resistencia Bookstore/Resistencia Books, which are dedicated to [email protected]/x, [email protected]/x, and indigenous cultural arts programming and serving the communities of Austin and Central Texas. She also holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin and is presently an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University. Last, Lilia now serves as faculty of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at The University of Texas at Austin as a lecturer, starting in 2018.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation.

Sponsored by:

Red Salmon Arts

Xica Media

VoxFem Xicanindia