El Planeta presents: "Not a Maid," a Roma Post-Screening Conversation

Saturday, January 19th
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In Roma, Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón delivers a vivid, emotional portrait of a domestic worker's journey set against domestic and political turmoil in 1970s Mexico. 

According to the International Labour Organisation There are nearly 20 million domestic workers in Latin America, which is five times more than in the whole of North America and Western Europe combined. Mostly they are women. Understanding the unique dynamics between domestic workers and Latin American families will provide the audience a new perspective on Roma

“Not a Maid” will be a dialogue moderated by Javier Marin, publisher of El Planeta, with four locals who grew up in Latin America raised by domestic workers not unlike Cleo and the family portrayed by Cuaron. What are the differences between US maids/nannies and Latin America domestic workers? Are the domestic workers an integral part of many Latino families? How much do they influence the kids growing up? What is their role? Are they treated fairly and do they have the same opportunities as women working in other areas?

Panelists will include: Graciela Gomez Garcia (Deputy Consul of Mexico in Boston), Beatriz Stein (Consul of Ecuador in Boston), Raul Medina (Senior Manager at a major IT company in Boston), and Michelle O'Berg Figueroa (CNN en Español Correspondent in Boston).


About Graciela Gomez Garcia

Graciela Gomez Garcia is Deputy Consul of Mexico in Boston. She is an international relation graduate and diplomat for the Republic of Mexico since 1998. Living in Boston since 2013.

About Beatriz Stein Almeida

Beatriz Stein Almeida, Consul of Ecuador in Boston since 2002. She is the founder of AENI, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children in Ecuador since 2005. 

About Michelle O'Berg Figueroa

Michelle O'Berg Figueroa is a Brookline-based Colombian-American journalist. For the past 8 years, she's worked as the Boston correspondent for CNN en Español. In 2018 she founded Good News Movement, a platform dedicated solely to good news and connecting people to carry out acts of kindness.

About Raul Medina

Raul Medina, a native of Mexico City, was born in “La Colonia Juarez”, a neighborhood adjacent to “La ROMA”. His parents met and worked in “la ROMA”. Raul currently lives in Roxbury with his husband, works at Granite Telecommunications in Quincy, MA and has lived in New England since 1999. He was a founding member of El Planeta Newspaper and serves on the board of Fenway Health Community Center.

About moderator Javier Marin

Javier Marin, is the Publisher of El Planeta Media and CEO of Univision Deportes Fan Shop. He resides in Brookline, MA with his wife and two sons since 2000. El Planeta is the largest newspaper in Spanish in Massachusetts. Recently the company started Planeta Marketing Lab, a market research unit specialized in diverse cultural trends and behavioral science in the Massachusetts, D.C, Virginia and Maryland areas.

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