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Woman Guerilla Leader Portrayed in Film Series

BOONE — The life of a woman military leader in “Maria’s Story: A Portrait of Love and Survival in El Salvador’s Civil War” is part of the Appalachian State University Women’s Studies Spring Film Series.

It will be shown on Wednesday, March 8, at I.G. Greer Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Winner of numerous awards, the film traces the story of Maria Serrano, a 39-year-old mother of three who is a leader of a guerilla movement in El Salvador.

The filmmakers spent seven weeks in Serrano’s camp, under mortar fire and helicopter surveillance, to capture the human side of this war.

Dr. Cynthia Wood, director of Watauga College and interdisciplinary studies professor, will lead a question and answer session following the film. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in economics. Her research interests include Latin America, development, and women’s studies. Wood’s writings focus on the World Bank and its lack of attention to the effects of economic policy on women in the third-world — research that challenges standard development models implicit in the bank’s approach to policy.

Admission is free and the film is open to the public. Call the Women’s Studies Office at 262-7603 for additional information.