La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2022 / 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (PDT)
  • Pollock Theater
  • Screening Format: Sony digital projection (52 minutes)
  • With Sami Miranda and Ellie Walton

On May 5th, 1991, people took to the streets of Washington D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood to protest the police shooting of Daniel Gomez, a young man from El Salvador. Through testimony, song, poetry, and street theatre, La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered (2021) weaves together the collective memory of one of D.C.’s first barrios, and dives into the roots of the ‘91 rebellion. These formerly untold stories shed light on the impetus behind resistance movements and the complicated relationships between people marginalized by our systems and the police. La Manplesa explores the deep historical connections between immigration, multicultural communities, gentrification, displacement, and the long and deep relationship between art and activism.

Poet and artist Sami Miranda and filmmaker Ellie Walton will join Ben Olguín (English, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion of this powerful documentary.

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photos: Conrado Muluc



Poet Sami Miranda

Sami Miranda is a poet, teacher, and visual artist. Originally from the South Bronx, he has made his home in Washington, D.C. Sami is the author of We Is, published by Zozobra Publishing, and Departure, published by Central Square Press; he has performed his poetry at venues across the U.S. Sami currently teaches creative writing and ethics at the high school level and runs writing workshops for high school and college age students. He also curates poetry programming for the American Poetry Museum in Washington, D.C.


Filmmaker Ellie Walton

Ellie Walton is a D.C. documentary filmmaker committed to honoring stories of everyday revolutionaries. Through a blend of observational and cinematic storytelling, Ellie co-creates documentaries through deep collaboration, authenticity, and visual poetry. She is an ongoing collaborator with D.C. based production companies Meridian Hill Pictures and Unchained Stories. Her award-winning feature films include Walk With Me (2012), Fly by Light (2015), and Brave Girls (2018).


Moderator Ben Olguín

Ben Olguín is the Robert and Liisa Erickson Presidential Chair in English, and the Director of the Global Latinidades Project, in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has held Ford Postdoctoral and National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellowships. Olguín’s interdisciplinary areas of expertise include Chicanx and Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, American and Latin American Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Speculative literature and film, Human Rights theory and praxis, Marxist and materialist theories, Medical Humanities, and Creative Writing.

 This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Global Latinidades Project.

CWC Docs

The Carsey-Wolf Center is committed to screening documentaries from across the world that engage with contemporary and historical issues, especially regarding social justice and environmental concerns. Documentaries allow filmmakers to address pressing issues and frame the critical debates of our time.