Councilwoman Carmen Castillo, a chambermaid from the Dominican Republic, who has been cleaning hotel rooms for over nineteen years and is likely the first hotel housekeeper to hold public office. The story follows Castillo as she grows politically and personally through her first term in office. She wants to bring jobs for her neighborhood, but is disillusioned to find that lobbyists have a stronger voice than voters at City Hall. Castillo is up for re-election in 2014. Who will run against her and what will their agenda be? This is a story about grassroots power and democracy in city government. Who participates and on what terms?
Date: Sunday, February 9, 3PM
Location: James Room, 4th Floor, Barnard Hall
Participants in the discussion include:
Cyndi Stivers (moderator)
Cynthia Lopez – Executive Vice President, POV
Maria Agui Carter – documentary filmmaker, President of Iguana Films
Judith Helfand – documentary filmmaker, co-founder of Chicken and Egg Pictures