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Dream of a Free Country: A Message from Nicaraguan Women

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Dream of a Free Country: A Message from Nicaraguan Women
Directed byKathleen Shannon
Ginny Stikeman
Produced byKathleen Shannon
Music byGrupo Pancasan
Carlos Mejia Godoy
CinematographyBlake James
Edited byKathleen Shannon
Ginny Stikeman
Edward Le Lorrain
Studio D
Distributed byNational Film Board of Canada
Release date
Running time
59 minutes and 50 seconds

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Dream of a Free Country: A Message from Nicaraguan Women is a 1983 documentary film released from the National Film Board of Canada's Studio D. It was co-directed and edited Kathleen Shannon and Ginny Stikeman, with Shannon also producing the film. The film highlights the women Sandinista's who fought to overthrow the Anastasio Somoza Debayle dictatorship in 1979.[1]

Film Content[edit]

Dream of a Free Country was created to allow Nicaraguan women to tell their experiences fighting in the revolution of 1979 to overthrow the Somoza dictatorship and how their lives changed under new government. After the Sandinista National Liberation Front established government, the women reorganized their wartime association, the Luisa Amanda Espinoza Association of Nicaraguan Women (Asociación de Mujeres Nicaragüenes Luisa Amanda Espinoza, AMNLAE), into a grassroots organization led to fight sexism within the new regime. The women of AMNLAE launched a literacy campaign, created training collectives for women, organized public health projects, and recommended legislation to the SNLF to eliminate discriminatory laws. Dream of a Free Country documents women's participation and experience in the Nicaraguan Revolution and the rebuilding of society after the Somoza Regime.[1]

Praise and Criticism[edit]

The film was praised as “an eloquent record of the heroism of women during the Sandinista uprising that ousted General Anastasio Somoza from power. Then, the mood gives way to skepticism as the film examines the difficult role of women in the post-revolutionary social order."[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Government of Canada, National Film Board of Canada (2012-10-11). "National Film Board of Canada". Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  2. Charney, Ann (November 1984). "Who's afraid of Canadian women filmmakers?". Ms.: 40.

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