SILVIO RODRÍGUEZ: MY FIRST CALLING
TAFFNY VIRTUAL CINEMA
JUNE 26, 2021. Available from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Followed by a live-streamed Q&A with director Catherine Murphy at 2:30 p.m.
Silvio Rodríguez: Mi primera tarea
DIRECTOR: Catherine Murphy
Date completed: 2020
Country: USA, Cuba
Film Category: Documentary
Length of Film: 25 min
The unknown story of trovador (poet-musician) Silvio Rodriguez, speaking in first person about the life-defining experience he had at 14-years-old when he signed up to join the youth brigades of the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign and taught a rural campesino family how to read and write.
Produced by The Literacy Project, La Rueda Films, and Centro Memorial Martin Luther King
Catherine Murphy (left): Catherine Murphy is a documentary filmmaker and educator. She is founder and director of “The Literacy Project”, a multi-media documentary project on literacy and social justice in the Americas. Her documentary Maestra, about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign, was picked up for distribution by Women Make Movies and has been screening widely since release in 2012.
Murphy served as senior staff producer at TeleSur TV Washington bureau in 2006 and has produced content for PBS, TeleSur, Avila TV, Pacifica Radio, WBAI, KPFA and Democracy Now. She founded Tres Musas Producciones, a collaborative production house of independent women producers. The great Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano published four short stories based on her interviews in his penultimate book Espejos.
Currently, Murphy is focused on the completion and the release of the films, They Say I’m Your Teacher and Silvio Rodriguez: Mi Primera Tarea. Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Havana (1999) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from New College of California (1994).