COUNCILWOMAN is the inspiring story of Carmen Castillo, an immigrant Dominican housekeeper in a Providence hotel who wins a seat in City Council, taking her advocacy for low-income workers from the margins to city politics.
The film follows Castillo’s first term as she balances her full-time day job as a housekeeper with her family life and the demands of public office. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15 hourly wage, and a tough re-election against two contenders. As Castillo battles personal setbacks and deep-rooted notions of who is qualified to run for political office, she fiercely defends her vision of a society in which all people can earn enough to support themselves and their families.
An eye-opening look at entrenched power in American democracy. Excellent resource for Latinx, Immigrant, Political Science, and Labor Studies courses.
Running Time: 57 minutes
Sponsored by: Time Travel Productions
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Now Showing
Cost: Included with full conference registration.