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Domestic Workers Call Roma a Breakthrough Film

by Soraya Alcalá

Leading up to the 76th edition of the Golden Globes on January 6th, domestic workers across the country praise Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma as a game changing film that sparks a cultural conversation about the value and dignity of domestic work. Roma was nominated for Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language, Best Screenplay and Best Director.

As domestic workers across the globe continue to fight for recognition, dignity, and their workplace rights, Roma offers one of the few multidimensional representations of domestic workers on-screen. That is why leading up to the film’s worldwide release on Netflix last December, the National Domestic Workers Alliance partnered with Participant Media to ensure that hundreds of domestic workers throughout the country could see it first.

Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and domestic workers themselves are available for interviews to give prior comments or a reaction to the Golden Globes.

Bios are found below:

Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance (Chicago, IL) English

Ai-jen has been organizing immigrant women workers for over two decades, forging pathways to sustainable, quality jobs for the caregiving workforce and ensuring access to affordable child care and elder care for all working families. Ai-jen is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, who was named one of TIME 100’s World’s Most Influential People in 2012 and Fortune’s 50 Greatest World Leaders in 2015. In 2018, she attended the Golden Globes with Meryl Streep as part of the TIME’S UP protest. She is also the author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. Read her commentary on Roma in Variety, VICE, The Hollywood Reporter, and watch her recent talk at TedWomen 2018.

Rosa Sanluis, former domestic worker and community organizer (Brownsville, TX) Spanish

Originally from Mexico, Rosa was a housecleaner for almost 15 years and is now organizes domestic workers for Fuerza del Valle in Texas, an affiliate the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). Rosa was invited by Alfonso Cuarón and NDWA to attend the world premiere of Roma at the Venice Film Festival, and shared her reflections in a guest column for Univision.

Doris Tapia, nanny and community leader (New York, NY) Spanish and English

Originally from Peru, Doris has been a full-time nanny in New York City and California for almost a decade. She is a single mom with a teenage daughter, and in her work loves caring for children. Doris is also a leader with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and does outreach to other nannies. Doris attended the U.S. premiere of Roma at the New York Film Festival.

Other domestic workers in Florida, Georgia, Texas, California, New York, and Washington, DC are also available upon request.

National Domestic Workers Alliance is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for millions of domestic workers in the United States. 


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