Just Films: Las Madres De Berks

December 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Chatham University- Eddy Theater
1 Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Melody Harris
Just Films: Las Madres De Berks @ Chatham University- Eddy Theater | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

The Women’s Institute at Chatham University presents a viewing from our Just Films series: Las Madres De Berks. This documentary shares the testimonials of 4 mothers that were detained for 2 years with their children at the Berks Country Residential Center, a family prison in PA. The showing will be located at Eddy Theatre at Chatham University.

This film showing is free and open to the public, followed by a panel and Q&A session with filmmaker Michelle Ortiz.

Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist/ skilled muralist/ community arts educator who uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through community arts practices, painting, and public art installations, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face. Her work tells stories using richly crafted and emotive imagery to claim and transform spaces into a visual affirmation that reveals the strength and spirit of the community.

For 20 years, Ortiz has designed and created over 50 large-scale public works nationally and internationally. Since 2008, Ortiz has led art for social change public art projects in Costa Rica & Ecuador and through the US Embassy as a Cultural Envoy in Fiji, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Honduras, and Cuba.

Ortiz is a 2018 Pew Fellow, a Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellow, a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist National Fellow, and a Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Resident Artist. In 2016, she received the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Year in Review Award which honors outstanding public art projects in the nation.