March 17, 2014
Blue Card, Films, Multicultural, Free Events
Women’s History Month Film Festival Screening
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Zell B. Miller Learning Center
Screening of "A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood and Activism."
"A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood and Activism," Sylvia Morales’ sequel to her groundbreaking history of Chicana women, "Chicana" (1979), honors the achievements of five activist Latinas—labor organizer/farm worker leader Dolores Huerta, author/educator Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, writer/playwright/educator Cherrie Moraga, civil rights advocate Alicia Escalante, and historian/writer Martha Cotera—and considers how these single mothers managed to be parents and effect broad-based social change at the same time.
Questions about reconciling competing demands are ones that filmmaker Morales, a working mother of two herself, pondered aloud as she prepared this documentary. Historical footage and recent interviews with each woman reveal their contributions to key struggles for Latino empowerment and other major movements of our time. Both they and their grown children thoughtfully explore the challenges, adaptations, rewards and missteps involved in juggling dual roles. Scenes of Morales at work and at home, often humorously overlaid with her teenage daughter’s commentary, bring the dilemma up to date. "Chicana" continues to be used in classrooms more than 30 years after it was made.