¡Las Sandinistas!

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM (PST)
  • Pollock Theater
  • Screening Format: DCP (99 Minutes)
  • With Jenny Murray (director/editor/producer)
  • Producer: Sarah Winshall

¡Las Sandinistas! uncovers the stories of the women who shattered barriers by leading combat and forcing social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the ensuing US-backed Contra War. The film is centered around the personal journeys of Dora Maria Téllez, a young medical student who became a major Sandinista general, and four of her revolutionary allies. Together, the women overcome traditional gender barriers and subvert stereotypes to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country. ¡Las Sandinistas! reveals a watershed moment when thousands of women transformed their society, before facing renewed marginalization by their male peers after the wars ended. Thirty-five years later, with gender violence in Nicaragua at a staggering level, these same women brave the streets again to lead popular movements for equality and democracy.

Director, editor, and producer Jenny Murray joined moderator Bianka Ballina (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.



Director/Editor/Producer Jenny Murray

Jenny Murray is a filmmaker from Chicago. ¡Las Sandinistas!, her first feature documentary film, premiered in competition at SXSW 2018 where it won a SXSW “Special Jury Recognition” Award. The film also went on to win the top “Jury Prize – Best Film – New Directors Competition” and the “Audience Award for Best Foreign Documentary” at Brazil’s Sao Paulo International Film Festival, the Audience Award at CineLatino Film Festival, and the Jury Prize in the Justice Matters Competition at the 2019 Washington DC International Film Festival. ¡Las Sandinistas! was co-produced by ITVS and was an IFP 2017 Documentary Lab selection. Jenny graduated from Columbia University where she studied Philosophy, Photography, and Latin American Film and Literature. After working as a licensed associate on Watermill’s stock trading desk in New York, she directed two short films, which have screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and multiple social satire comedy videos.


Moderator Bianka Ballina

Bianka Ballina is a PhD candidate in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her dissertation explores media’s role in the discourses and practices of Cuban internationalism and South-South solidarity since the Cold War. Bianka’s research interests include media globalization and its effects on the Global South, Latin American and Latinx media cultures, migrant and transborder media, and gender studies.

 This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Department of Film and Media Studies.

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Media are global by nature; they express culture just as much as they transcend borders. The CWC Global series is dedicated to showcasing media from around the world. This series features screenings and events that place UCSB in conversation with international media makers and global contexts across our deeply connected world.