Puerto Rico, 2021
54 minutes, Color
In Person: director Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
In 2017, Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico physically and psychically devastated. Faced with the Trump Administration's hostile response, the lives of these U.S. citizens seemed permanently upended and thousands left the island. We Still Here tells of those who stayed and of the rebirth of one town, Comerío, in body and spirit. Located high in the lush central mountains, Comerío was not on any government-relief radar. Volunteers such as the women-led mission La Maraña were dedicated not only to rebuilding but to participatory design and planning—what they call a just recovery. When the townspeople took this on, Brigada Palomas was born to reconstruct homes and infrastructure and to give those who left something to return to. Mariangelie became a community leader, even going to Washington; Yeyo became a filmmaker. Some planned gardens and others planned the future. Lives were permanently upgraded, because a just recovery is not just recovery.—Judy Bloch
In English and Spanish with English subtitles
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