Porterville College

‘Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno’ film and Q&A

The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College

is proud to present a special event with

Laurie Coyle

The Search for Maria Moreno
Documentary Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Friday, September 13th, 2019 - 7-8:30 p.m.
Porterville College Theater (CA-4)


In ADIOS AMOR, the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot—Maria Moreno, a migrant mother driven to speak out by her twelve children’s hunger.  Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, Maria picked up the only weapon she had—her voice—and became an outspoken leader in an era when women were relegated to the background.  The first farm worker woman in the U.S. to be hired as a union organizer, Maria’s story was silenced and her legacy buried—until now.  This one hour documentary will be screened in the campus theater after a brief introduction, followed by an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the filmmaker, Laurie Coyle.


Major funding for the production of Adios Amor provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Latino Public Broadcasting (CPB) and California Humanities


Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cqyj-MPcJg

Website: www.adiosamorfilm.com


Director/Producer Laurie Coyle is a documentary filmmaker and writer. Her latest documentary ADIOS AMOR premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival in 2018, and will have a national primetime broadcast on the PBS series VOCES in 2019.  Her film OROZCO: Man of Fire aired on PBS AMERICAN MASTERS and was nominated for the Imagen Award and National Council of La Raza ALMA Award.  She associate-produced The Fight in the Fields, Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It, and AMERICAN MASTERS’ Ralph Ellison: An American Journey.  Before becoming a filmmaker, Laurie majored in political theory at UC Berkeley and worked as an oral historian, focusing on the untold stories of women workers. Her first connection to the farmworkers was through her father, who volunteered at the UFW clinic in Delano during the 1960s grape strike.


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Date & Time: 
Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
PC Theater

Kern Community College District