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The Councilwoman: Film Showing - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

Date and Time

Thursday, February 20, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


  • EC 201 (Auditorium)


Councilwoman takes us on the journey of a hotel housekeeper as she stakes her place in a political system that typically renders her invisible. The film addresses issues of workplace justice. When Carmen Castillo first ran for office in 2011, she had to continue to clean hotel rooms, while serving as a public official, because City Council pays very little in Providence. The film began to document her journey. The film raises poignant and important questions that students should learn more about. What does it mean for our democracy that workers do not normally have a voice at the table? How would public policy be different, if our policymakers reflected our communities? 

Students who attend and watch the film will learn more about Carmen's story from her point of view. Because 2020 is an election year it is important for students to learn her story, especially that of Latinx generation. It is a purposefully simple presentation, to communicate a story grounded in reality. For students who are unfamiliar with Latinx generations it is important to name the privilege that others are allowed, and many are denied. Students will learn by watching and learning about Carmen’s story what voices are like on the margins and what it means for people to counteract structures of inequality. 

For those who attend the film they will be exposed to meaningful discussions on the current state of our democracy and will participate in conversations on how the intersections of race, class, and gender affect public policy. Students will hopefully understand Carmen’s story as a way to imagine a political leadership that serves all of us, and is truly reflective of our people.


David Stark -



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