For a Democratic University!: Granito De Arena Film Screening 11/12 4:30 PM

. Sunday, November 8, 2009

By For a Democratic University; Grad students against privitization

Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand)
a film about privatization and the struggle for democratic education in Mexico
Nov. 12 4:30 PM
Loew Hall 102

Please join For a Democratic University for a showing of this film that focuses on labor struggles in schools in Mexico, and how students and teachers fought together against oppression and privatization for democratic schools. Stay for a discussion with FaDU about how we can understand privatization, labor struggles, and education at the University of Washington, now.

FaDU is an independent labor group of TAs, RAs, and other graduate students, fighting against privatization, budget cuts that affect women, people of color, queer folks, immigrants, and folks with disabilities, and for true academic freedom and a democratic university for students and workers in the UW community.

Synopsis from website:
For over 20 years, global economic forces have been
dismantling public education in Mexico,
but always in the constant shadow of popular resistance...

Granito de Arena is the story of that resistance –
the story of hundreds of thousands of public schoolteachers
whose grassroots, non-violent movement took Mexico by surprise, and who have endured brutal repression in their 25-year struggle
for social and economic justice in Mexico's public schools.

Completed in 2005, Granito de Arena provides context and background to the unprecedented popular uprising that exploded in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006. It serves as an excellent prequel to Corrugated Film's latest release, Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad.

Award-winning Seattle filmmaker, Jill Freidberg, spent two years in southern Mexico documenting the efforts of over 100,000 teachers, parents, and students fighting to defend the country’s public education system from the devastating impacts of economic globalization.
Freidberg combines footage of strikes and direct actions with 25 years worth of never-before-seen archival images to deliver a compelling and unsettling story of
resistance, repression, commitment, and solidarity.