The Center for Place, Culture and Politics invites you to:
“Las Patronas’ Kitchen”:
Women defending migrants’ rights in Mexico:
Film screening and discussion with director Javier Garcia, and Norma Romero, speaker of the group “Las Patronas.”
Friday, April 27th
The Segal Theater,
CUNY Graduate Center,
365 5th Ave, NY, NY 10016
“Las Patronas’ Kitchen” tells the story of a group of farmer women who 23 years ago realized that people where “free riding” on the top of the train that crosses their community, La Patrona, Veracruz, Mexico. They did not know who they were or even why they where traveling like that.
One day the daughters of Ms. Leo, head of the family, went to buy milk and bread. On their way back home the train was passing by and one of the guys on the train shouted: “Mother, feed me, I am hungry.” They gave them all what they had just bought, and returned home fearing that their mother was going to get mad. Instead Ms. Leo told them: “When people are hungry, you have to give.” Since then, many women of La Patrona cook for Central American migrants traveling on top of the train.
Step by step, this kitchen has become a political space as well. The Patronas have learned how to talk about Mexico’s problems, poverty in the countryside, human rights, indifference towards migrants, and about their own rights as women.
Taking the main ideas exposed by the film as a starting point, a discussion will take place between the audience, the director Javier Garcia, and Norma Romero, speaker of the group “Las Patronas.”
THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE CENTER FOR PLACE, CULTURE, AND POLITICS.
THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.