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THE LITERACY PROJECT is a documentary and oral history project that began collecting personal testimonies about literacy in 2004.

Our work lifts up the stories of those who have taught literacy to others or struggled to achieve literacy themselves.  We use documentary storytelling to connect with and strengthen present-day movements for literacy and education justice.

We believe that literacy is a fundamental social justice and human rights issue, essential for a healthy and dignified society and a fully functioning democracy. We are especially concerned with the intersection of race, class and gender as it relates to literacy: who is literate and who is not, and how literacy can be brought to all.

Through a variety of media and documentation methodologies, we are creating an archive of personal stories related to literacy and social justice and the role of literacy programs in social justice movements throughout the Americas.

MISSION

We promote the notion that literacy is possible for all, through multimedia oral history and documentary projects that archive and share stories of literacy, with a particular emphasis on the roles of literacy programs in social justice movements throughout the Americas. By documenting and sharing stories of those who we can learn from and apply those lessons to our currents struggles for justice.

VISION

We envision a world in which all people have access to quality education, a voice in their community, and understand their power to transform their lives and world.

TEAM

The Literacy Project is powered by a collaborative international team.

Catherine Murphy - Founder/Director 

Catherine Murphy

 

As an independent producer, Murphy's work has largely focused on social documentaries. She has field produced films like Saul Landau's, Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?, Eugene Corr's From Ghost Town to Havana; served on the production crew of Gay Cuba; and subtitled Stealing America by Dorothy Fadiman, Jaime Kibben's The Greening of Cuba, and Out and Refusenicks by Sonja de Vries. She also served as an archival researcher for Susanne Rostock's biography of Harry Belafonte, Sing Your Song.  Murphy served as senior staff producer at the TeleSur TV Washington bureau and has produced content for PBS, TeleSur, Avila TV, Pacifica Radio National, WBAI and KPFA. While in Caracas in 2009, she founded Tres Musas Producciones, a collaborative production house of independent women producers working in film, music and literature. Four short stories based on her interviews were published in Eduardo Galeano's most penultimate book, Espejos.

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Ana Laura Pereira

Ana Laura Pereira

 

Ana is an award winning filmmaker and founder and director of the Primavera do Cine International Film Festival in Galicia. She has worked as a journalist, documentarian, social worker and professor across Latin America. More at analaurapereira.com

 

Ana Laura is the Literacy Project Media Manager


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Alison Hall Kibbe

Alison Hall Kibbe

 

Alison is a scholar, producer, cultural organizer, and multidisciplinary artist working at the intersections of social justice, community building, education and cross-cultural dialogue. In these various roles, she envisions and collaborates with communities, artists and organizations to use art and creativity for social justice. More at alisonkibbe.com

 

Alison coordinates our communications, development, outreach and special productions.


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William Sabourin O’Reilly

William Sabourin O’Reilly

 

William is an award-winning documentary director and cinematographer. He has worked for various networks including PBS, HBO and OWN. He has directed his own documentary films “Codigo Color” and “Chasing Dreams” and is currently completing his third. His footage of Hurricane Katrina was used in Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” and National Geographic’s Emmy Award winning TV documentary, “Witness: Katrina”  

 

William is the principal Cinematographer for TEACH

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Malkia K. Lydia

Malkia K. Lydia

 

Malkia K. Lydia, Founder of Kuyamba Media, is a filmmaker who recovers authentic stories of community life. She has produced content for major historical museums, and she is currently directing two of her own feature documentaries. More at www.kuyamba.com

Malkia is story consultant and starting editor for TEACH

 

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Mimi Machado-Luces

Mimi Machado-Luces

Emmy-award winning producer, writer and radio show host, Mimi Machado-Luces is President & CEO of TVA Productions. She is a visual media artist with an array of experiences from music videos to political campaigns, and from feature length fiction films to documentaries.  As an engaged storyteller, she draws from genuine stories as she entertains and motivates diverse audiences.

Mimi works with us as editor for special projects, including recent collaboration with Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.


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Kimberly Waller

Kimberley Waller

Kimberly Waller is a curriculum specialist and graduate student.  Her work looks at the elements of effective mass literacy campaigns as a way to ignite deep social change.

 

Kimberly works with us on curriculum design, and special screenings of Maestra





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Natalia Fernandez

natalia-fernandez

 

Natalia is an education consultant, translator herbalist and mother of two boys. She has a PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Barcelona and has worked in education for many years.

Natalia works with us on Education Outreach

 
 
 


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Lilian Lombera

Liliam Lombera

 

Lilian is a creative producer, art curator, project manager, and event coordinator. She specializes in Cuban and Caribbean music, art, and culture. She creates and supports collective transformative experiences that connect people, stories, cultures through art.


Lilian manages our Kreyol and Portuguese projects.

 

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Tagles Heredia

Tagles Heredia

 

MAESTRA Graphic designer
 

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Norma Guillard

Norma Guillard

 

Norma Guillard was born in Santiago de Cuba and joined the Literacy Campaign when she was 15 years old. A leading Social Psychologist in Cuba today, she calls herself an “eternal literacy teacher” as she has dedicated her life

MAESTRA protagonist & Lecturer

 

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Griselda Aguilera

Griselda Aguilera

 

MAESTRA protagonist & Lecturer

 

 

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Shaya Christensen

Shaya Christensen

 

CRUZADA Producer

 

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Kathy Sevilla

Kathy sevilla

 

CRUZADA Producer

 

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Alejandro Martinez

Alejandro Martinez

 

CRUZADA Cinemtographer

 

 

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Checho Bravo

checho Bravo

 

CRUZADA Sound Engineer Studied EICTV