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Women Make Movies, Inc. (New York, NY 10001-5059)
Laurie C. Coyle (Project Director: August 2013 to present)

Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno

Production of a 60-minute documentary film and an interactive website exploring the role of Maria Moreno in the 20th-century U.S. migrant labor movement.

In "Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno," the discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine--Maria Moreno, a tenacious woman who sacrificed everything but her twelve kids to organize migrant farm workers fifty years ago. The filmmaker's quest to find Maria becomes an exciting journey whose missing clues and dramatic twists reveal a hidden story with universal resonance about the people who put food on our tables. Through its innovative docu-detective approach, "Adios Amor" will inspire viewers to launch their own journeys of discovery, while exploring provocative questions about whose lives we remember and record. The film's companion website will broaden the scope of Adios Amor's "micro-historical" approach with digital humanities content, interactive tools, image galleries, and a participatory story archive. The goal of the site is to provide a platform to gather many small narratives and connect them to broader historical narratives in a nuanced, robust way.

Project fields:
Labor History; Latino History; Women's History

America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$301,625 (approved)
$301,625 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 3/31/2018