See the trailer: https://www.pbs.org/video/arf-councilwoman-trailer/
September 3, 2019 @ 8/7c
America ReFramed on WORLD Channel
Too few politicians are union members, grandmothers, and immigrants. But one politician is all three: Councilwoman Carmen Castillo.
Carmen Castillo is a UNITE HERE union housekeeper and city councilwoman in Providence, Rhode Island and “Councilwoman” is the new documentary featuring her fight to win a voice and a seat in local politics premiering nationally on PBS on Tuesday, September 3 at 8 PM EST.
Carmen’s story is an inspiration. She’s defied the odds, becoming one of the few working-class women of color in America to become a city leader in a major municipality. We’re thrilled to see someone like Carmen taking office—and on national TV. We believe it will inspire even more of us to run for office and help change the political landscape for the better for working people.
FILM DESCRIPTION: Politicians aren’t often full-time hotel housekeepers, union members, grandmothers, and immigrants working service jobs. But Carmen Castillo changed that when she won a seat on the City Council in Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo is a Dominican-American city councilwoman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms while taking on her new role in politics. She faced skeptics who said she didn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who took a stand against her fight for a $15 an hour wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all while balancing her family responsibilities and a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory.
For more information about the film, visit https://www.councilwomanfilm.com.