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 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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Upcoming Screenings

  • *Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland, CA, January 26th, 2020
  • *The Red Victorian, San Francisco, CA, January 28th, 2020 (“The Response” book release party)
  • Climable: SOUP SUPPER XVII, Cambridge, MA, February 3rd, 2020
  • *The Berkeley Farm House, Berkeley, CA, February 12th, 2020
  • *NESTA, London, England, March 5th, 2020 (Details coming soon)
  • *Glasgow Eco Trust, Glasgow, Scotland, March 7th, 2020 (details coming soon)
  • Needs 2020 (conference), Östersund, Sweden, March 10-12, 2020
  • The Earth Day Film Festival, Chico, CA, March 13-19, 2020 (Date of film screening TBA)
  • *Llama Cafe, Gothenburg, Sweden, March 17th, 2020 (details coming soon)
  • More screenings to be announced soon.

*Features presentation and/or Q&A with the producer, Tom Llewellyn

#Features presentation and/or Q&A with the director, Juan C Davila

Past Screenings

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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