“Councilwoman” OWOV Film Festival Online Event


Directed by Margo Guernsey (2018) 

Carmen Castillo is a Dominican City Councilwoman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms, as she takes on her new role in politics. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all of this while balancing the challenges of managing a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms, and a personal relationship. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory.

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Carmen Castillo

Margo Guernsey

Conversation topics: Have you ever thought of running for office?  What would it take for you to say “Yes, I’ll be a candidate”?


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