Maid in America
Prof. Mary Romero, Author of Maid in USA, School of Justice & Social Inquiry, Arizona State University
Dr. Richard Santillan, Ethic and Women’s Studies, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Rafael Ocasio, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, -- Críticas
This documentary follows the daily routine of Latina domestic workers, better known as domésticaswho serve as cleaning ladies, nannies, or attendants for senior citizens in Los Angeles. It has been estimated that 70 percent of these positions are occupied by Latinas who come from all walks of life, often working long hours in several houses or employed by the same families for years. Through several interviews, hiring families offer testimonies of their domésticas hard work and faithful devotion to the family’s well-being. However, these long hours come at a price: workers must ignore the needs of their own blood family, and they are often underpaid. Domésticas alone in the United States usually provide the main source of income for their families abroad; for mothers who have left their own children behind, this separation is a source of anxiety. In order to create a support system for themselves, domésticas have organized cooperatives that offer services such as information about workers’ rights and English classes. This is a highly emotional view of the seldom-examined face of women immigrants who come alone to the United States. Highly recommended.
Tran T. Kim-Trang, Art and History Department, Scripps College