OUR WOMEN, OUR STRUGGLE by Melissa Montero


Hello Community:

As some of you may know, I, Melissa Montero have been working on my documentary: Our Women, Our Struggle for the past three and a half years. It’s really been a great opportunity to work on such a powerful project. It’s a work of love.

At the moment I am raising funds to continue production in August and for the next few months ahead. I am reaching out to as many sources as I can such as grants, foundations, and private donors.

I am asking you to help this year by giving a donation to Our Women, Our Struggle. If you are interested in donating you can personally reach me at zoemontero@hotmail.com or melissa@ourwomenourstruggle.com.

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Brief Synopsis:
Our Women, Our Struggle (working title) is a compelling hour-long documentary that chronicles the lives of three Puerto Rican revolutionary women – Isabel Rosado, Lolita Lebron, and Dylcia Pagan — who dedicated their lives to the Puerto Rican Independence movement and as a result were subjected to FBI surveillance and each spent many years in prison. The women will speak about their persecution and involvement in the historical struggle for Puerto Rican Independence on the island and in the Diaspora.

Collectively, these three women served over 50 years in federal prison as a consequence of their radical political activism. Doña Isabel Rosado was sentenced to 17 years in prison, serving thirteen. Doña Lolita Lebron was first sentenced to death but later the sentence was changed to 56 years. She served 25 years in prison. Doña Dylcia Pagan was sentenced to 55 years and served 19. They take us through seven decades of struggle.

Our Women, Our Struggle will give the women a voice to speak about their persecution and involvement in the historical struggle for Puerto Rican Independence on the island and in the Diaspora. This documentary will also include interviews with secondary subjects who will add to our understanding of Puerto Rican History, the community at that time, the role of these women, and the U.S. approach to dissidents.

If you require additional information about Our Women, Our Struggle, please contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You may also visit www.ourwomenourstruggle.com for more details about the documentary.

I thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to whatever support you can provide. I couldn’t do it without the generosity of donors like yourself.

Thank you,

Melissa Montero

One thought on “OUR WOMEN, OUR STRUGGLE by Melissa Montero

  1. PBS and Burns should be embarassed by the degree of ignorance and concommitant resistance they are displaying. What is there to argue here? The documentary WAR is not the comprehensive work it purports to be. It is an inaccurate presentation of the men and women who served in WWII.

    Our filmmakers and producers should step up to the plate and create works with our perspective on that war and other significant issues.

    In the meantime, should we contribute to the PBS initiative to send in our own interviews with WWII vets? I think we should bombard them with interviews.

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