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Grain of Sand (Granito de Arena)

Jill Irene Freidberg / Mexico - United States / 2005 / 62 ' / Spanish / S.T. English


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Awards & Festivals

San Diego Latino Film Festival, 2006
Silver Lake Film Festival, 2006
Istanbul Labor Film & Video Festival, 2006
CineFestival, San Antonio, TX, 2005
World Community Film Festival, 2006
Harlem International Film Festival, 2005
Festival Latinoamericano de la Clase Obrera, Bolivia, 2005
Seoul International Labor Film Festival, Seoul, Korea, 2005
Anchorage International Film Festival, 2005
Global Visions Film Festival, 2005
Black Earth Film Festival, 2005
Nominated for the 2005 Pare Lorentz Award International Documentary Association
Best Documentary Tres Continentes International Documentary Festival Caracas, Venezuela
John Michaels Award Big Muddy Film Festival 2006
Honorable Mention International Documentary Festival 2006 Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

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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. Featuring Eduardo Galeano and Maude Barlow . Award-winning Seattle filmmaker, Jill Freidberg (This is What Democracy Looks Like, 2000), 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. A sixty-minute documentary, Granito de Arena places the Mexican teachers’ struggle in a global context, clearly spelling out the relationship between economic globalization and the worldwide public education crisis.


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