Workers Unite Film Festival 2021

Councilwoman - Sponsored by the NYS PEF Women's Committee

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Politicians aren’t often full-time hotel housekeepers, union members, grandmothers, and immigrants working service jobs. But Carmen Castillo changes that when she wins a seat on the City Council in Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo is a Dominican City Councilwoman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms, as she takes on her new role in politics. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all of this while balancing the challenges of managing a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms, and a personal relationship. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory.

“The film is powerful, inspirational and change-making!”

— Patrice Green, Surdna Foundation

“This little documentary is a major winner.”

— TrustMovies

“Councilwoman is an inspiring and informational documentary that serves both as record and template for what politics and politicians can look like in 2019.”

— Remezcla

  • Year
  • Runtime
    57 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Margo Guernsey
  • Producer
    Patricia Benabe and Margo Guernsey
  • Cast
    Carmen Castillo
  • Cinematographer
    Nikki Bramley
  • Editor
    Matthew Cohn
  • Composer
    Angélica Negrón and E. Bayoán Ríos Escribano