This documentary follows Mariangelie Ortiz, 24, and Jerriel “Yeyo” Cátala, 19, on a journey that transforms their lives as they rebuild their community post Hurricane Maria. Although these young people never imagined themselves as community leaders, one historic storm would change everything. From the remote mountains of central Puerto Rico to protesting in the halls of Congress in Washington DC, watch these courageous youth step into their power, demand justice for their island, and begin to create a sustainable future for themselves and their community.
A moderated talk with the filmmaker and TAL advisor Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi followed the screening. Jacobs-Fantauzzi is an internationally recognized award-winning filmmaker and founder of FistUp.tv, a media platform uplifting and telling stories from communities across the world who refuse to be silenced. He is the co-founder of Defend PR and his film Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba recently aired on WorldChannel/PBS. Eli’s dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and belief in the transformative power of film.
The screening was sponsored by The Action Lab, NYU Gallatin, Urban Democracy Lab, NYU School of Law, Center on Race, Inequality and the Law, Initiative for Community Power and The LatinX Project.