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Dream of a Free Country: A Message from Nicaraguan Women

Directed by Kathleen Shannon and Ginny Stikeman
Canada, 1983 (documentary, 60 minutes, colour, English)
Dream of a Free Country: A Message from Nicaraguan Women
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"This documentary is the spoken testimony of the Nicaraguan women who fought in the revolution that overthrew the Somoza dictatorship in 1979. The revolution was a powerful catalyst in their lives. Under the new government, they reorganized their wartime association, AMNLAE, into a grass-roots organization to fight sexism. Through AMNLAE, they launched a literacy campaign, created training collectives for women, organized health brigades, and are recommending legislation to eliminate discriminatory laws. Dream of a Free Country is a record of women's participation both in revolution and in the building of a new society."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Edward Le Lorrain, Kathleen Shannon
Cinematography: Blake James
Film Editing: Kathleen Shannon, Edward Le Lorrain, Ginny Stikeman
Music: Grupo Pancasan, Carlos Mejia Godoy
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
(sources)

Quote about Dream of a Free Country: A Message from Nicaraguan Women

"The first half of this film [Dream of a Free Country: A Message from Nicaraguan Women] is an eloquent record of the heroism of women during the Sandinista uprising that ousted General Anastasio Somoza from power. Then, the mood gives way to skepticism as the film examines the difficult role of women in the post-revolutionary social order."
-- Ann Charney (source)

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