Filmmaker Melissa Montero is working on a film about Puerto Rican Nationalist Isabel Rosado and is requesting the help of the community. I woke up this morning thinking about “Occupy Oakland” , police violence and tear gas. This got me thinking about the years of resistance in U.S. occupied Puerto Rico and the work of women in that struggle.
Please watch the preview and if you can, contribute to the finishing of this film.
Isabel Rosado, a centenarian, who at 30 years of age joined the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and dedicated her life to the Puerto Rican independence movement. Through her story– as a Party member Isabel collected funds, sewed flags, delivered messages, cared for the stricken leader Don Pedro Albizu Campos, and took up arms in the fight for independence. We learn about the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States and Puerto Rico’s struggle for independence. Isabel, spending approximately 12 years in prison, has become a revered symbol of colonial resistance in Puerto Rico. Her life is a testament to the island’s unresolved conflict with political status, economic development, and a century-long struggle for independence. Isabel Rosado: Nationalist, chronicles the life of a woman of humble means who risked it all, endured persecution, and had her civil rights violated. Not only does her story highlight the central problem of colonialism but it also represents a marginalized community who for many years struggled for their nation’s right to self determination and sovereignty.