¡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
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.
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.
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.