The Master's in Education Policy program is excited to present the North American premiere of Your Turn at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival. Please join us for Eliza Capai's gripping depiction of the students who took to the streets of Brazil in protest of drastic cuts to education and social services. We hope that the College of Education community will join us on Saturday, June 1 at 5:30 pm or Sunday, June 2 at 12:00 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown to view this illuminating film. Purchase disocunted tickets with the coupon code "UWEdu19".
With an urgent and electrifying collage of out-in-the-streets footage and raw, heartfelt testimonial, director Eliza Capai captures the rage of a generation fighting against a future of diminished opportunities and the hard-won hope their movement gave a nation and the world. For student activist Marcela, São Paulo’s Free Pass protests of 2013 weren’t so much an awakening as simply standing her ground: The daughter and granddaughter of house cleaners, she knows that even the smallest cost-of-living increase means having to decide between eating and paying the rent. For young rapper Lucas, aka “Koka,” taking to the streets meant shining a light on the everyday nature of police brutality and breaking apart the limited future of Brazil’s school-to-prison pipeline. And for Nayara, president of the Brazilian Student Movement and regional leader of the 2015 school occupation, protest is a means to challenge a government—one that would soon criminalize any form of dissent—and to take apart the racist and sexist structures that keep people from coming together to bring about true change. In three distinct voices and with a rush of color, music, and dance, their stories tell of a generation taking to the streets en masse, and in the process creating a document that burns with vitality and the moral necessity of fighting for a better future. — Hebe Tabachnik