The Response: How Puerto Ricans Are Restoring Power to the People

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“The Response” explores how mutual aid centers (Centros de Apoyo Mutuo) sprung up across the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria with the ultimate goal to restore power — both electric and civic — to the people.

The film centers both the voices of those involved in these bold grassroots relief efforts and the movement for popular power that is continuing to emerge. Acting as an excellent example of what community-led disaster response and recovery can look like, the CAMs focus on the needs and abilities of the people and provide an avenue for the general public to participate in mutual aid, not charity.

Directed by Juan C. Dávila (USA)

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