“Councilwoman is an inspiring and informational documentary that serves both as record and template for what politics and politicians can look like in 2019.” – Remezcla
Politicians aren’t often full-time hotel housekeepers, union members, grandmothers, and immigrants working service jobs. But Carmen Castillo changes that when she wins a seat on the City Council in Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo is a Dominican City Councilwoman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms, as she takes on her new role in politics. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all of this while balancing the challenges of managing a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms, and a personal relationship. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory.
“A personal and inspiring portrait, Guernsey’s behind-the-scenes foray positions Castillo as a powerful face of contemporary American grassroots politics at a moment pivotal in the fight for immigrant rights and political representation in the United States.” – Cinema Tropical
“A story about an immigrant, a mother, a hotel housekeeper and a union organizer who broke into the political world to fight for her community.” – The Providence Journal
“Castillo embodies the trend of political candidates becoming more diverse in terms of gender, class and ethnicity.” – NBC News
- 9/19 | 9:00PM