La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered
Director: Ellie Walton Run Time: 54 min min. Release Year: 2021
Starring: Lilo Gonzalez, Pepe Gonzalez, Quique Avilés, Ronald Chacon, Sami Miranda
On May 5th, 1991, people took to the streets of Washington D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood to protest the police shooting of Daniel Gómez, a young man from El Salvador. Through testimony, song, poetry, and street theatre, La Manplesa weaves together the collective memory of one of D.C.’s first barrios and dives into the roots of the ‘91 rebellion. As people across the world take to the streets to demand an end to police brutality, the film honors the largely untold stories that have come before us, and explores how artists prompt us to remember what we still have to fight for.