Film & Fundraiser for El Salvador

February 24, 2012 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Maria’s Story (60 min)
A Documentary Portrait of Love and Survival in El Salvador’s Civil War

It is El Salvador, 1989, three years before the end of a brutal civil war that took 75,000 lives. Maria Serrano, wife, mother, and guerrilla leader is on the frontlines of the battle for her people and her country. With unprecedented access to FMLN guerrilla camps, the filmmakers dramatically chronicle Maria’s daily life in the war as she travels from village to village organizing the peasant population, and helps plan a major nationwide offensive that led the FMLN into the historic peace pact of 1992. Skirting bullets and mortar attacks, recounting a childhood of poverty and abuse by government troops, suffering the tragic loss of her daughter to enemy fire, and spending precious moments with her husband and surviving daughters, Maria brings viewers to the heart of the fight for a more just society.

This critically acclaimed and award-winning film first aired on the PBS Documentary Series, P.O.V. in 1991. Revolutionary in its making, Maria’s Story broke ground as one of the first documentaries to use small format video. Traveling with only backpacks and solar powered batteries and living on the run with the guerrillas for two months, the filmmakers were able to capture otherwise unattainable footage. The resulting intimate portrait of Maria and her compatriots reveals a universal tale of love and survival in times of war.   Refreshments will be served. The screening will be followed by short discussion about US militarism in Americans and how we can work in solidarity from within the imperium.

Hosted by the Caribbean/Latin America Coalition, this event is a fundraiser to fund an election observer’s travel to El Salvador in March 2012. This observer will be Ursula Rozum. She will be traveling to El Salvador with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).  Sliding scale donation $5-20

If you cannot attend the screening but want to help fund Ursula’s work in El Salvador, you can donate online at