The Response Film

The Response Film

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a quiet revolution has been percolating on the island of Puerto Rico. What began as an impromptu community kitchen meant to help feed survivors in the town of Caguas quickly grew into an island-wide network of mutual aid centers (Centros de Apoyo Mutuo) with the ultimate goal to restore power — both electric and civic — to the people.

The award-winning 30-minute micro-budget film, “The Response: How Puerto Ricans Are Restoring Power to the People,” explores how the mutual aid centers sprung up across the island while centering the voices of those involved in these bold grassroots relief efforts and the movement for popular power that is continuing to emerge.

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Festival Selections and Awards

  • (Outstanding Excellence – Social Issues) Docs Without Borders 2020
  • (Award of Excellence – Narration Talent: Tom Llewellyn) Docs Without Borders 2020
  • (Award of Excellence: Documentary Short) Accolade Global Film Competition 2020
  • (Award of Excellence: Viewer Impact: Motivational / Inspirational) Accolade Global Film Competition 2020
  • (Award of Excellence: Liberation / Social Justice) IndieFest 2020
  • (Award of Excellence: Documentary Short) Impact DOCS Award 2020
  • (Award of Excellence – TV Pilot) Best Shorts Competition 2020
  • (Bronze Medal – Best Short Doc) Independent Shorts Awards 2020
  • (Honorable Mention– Best TV Pilot) Independent Shorts Awards 2020
  • (Finalist) Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay and Music Festival 2020
  • (Finalist) Indie Short Fest 2020
  • (Finalist) Studio City International Film & TV Festival
  • (Official Selection) Earth Day Film Festival 2020
  • (Official Selection) Southeast Regional Film Festival
  • (Official Selection) Focus International Film Festival 2020
  • (Official Selection) Lift Off – First-Time Filmmaker Sessions 2020
  • (Official Selection) Southeast Regional Film Festival
  • (Official Selection) BreakThroughs: The Tulane Public Health and Social Justice Film Festival 2020

Upcoming Screenings

Past Screenings

@Virtual Screening, *Features presentation/Q&A with producer, Tom Llewellyn, #Features presentation/Q&A with director, Juan C Dávila

Community-led disaster response, from Hurricane Maria to COVID-19: A panel discussion on The Response documentary

The Response Film Panel SketchnoteShareable and Free Speech TV co-hosted a panel discussion after the television premiere of the documentary film. Panelists Susan Silber, Tré Vasquez, Juan C. Dávila, and Christine Nieves explored a wide range of topics including mutual aid, community resilience, and the impact of colonialism on Puerto Rico’s response to COVID-19. The entire discussion is available in several formats. In addition to the video recording and written transcript, we have also released it as an episode of The Response podcast.

The Response is a podcast and documentary series exploring the remarkable communities that arise in the aftermath of disasters. Spanning the globe, each episode takes a deep dive into a unique location to uncover the under-reported stories that are hidden just beneath the surface of extraordinary events.

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The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters

Download our free ebook- The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters (2019)