La Maestra

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Surf Shorts
Roxie Theater Fri, Apr 15, 2016 9:00 PM

Meet the women surfers from around the globe who are creating a new surf culture.

Film Info
Director:Paul Ferraris
Elizabeth Pepin Silva
Year of Production:2015
Running Time:30 min.


La Maestra (The Teacher) profiles Mayra Aguilar, a young teacher in a tiny fishing village in Baja, Mexico, who decides to follow her own path by becoming the first Mexican woman in her area to surf, and in doing so, changes her community's expectations of what's appropriate for women. Mayra also talks about the challenges facing her community, and the gift of nature that has drawn thousands of tourists over the years, forever changing her hometown. In this regard, the film is also a subtle commentary on the impact outsiders have on small communities and the need for all of us to be more mindful visitors.

DISCUSSION WITH: Paul Ferraris, director.

Part of our Surf Shorts program, showcasing women surfers around the globe who are creating a new surf culture.

Additional Information

Paul Ferraris is a San Francisco father, husband, surfer, inner city high school teacher, photographer, traveler, gardener, and filmmaker. When he is not engaged in these activities he is sleeping. He’s traveled to more than 60 countries on six continents. Paul’s photographs have appeared in galleries and have been featured in books in the United States, Europe, and Japan, as well as in Surfers Journal and other international magazines. His images are also in many collections around the globe. La Maestra is his first documentary film.

Elizabeth Pepin Silva is an Ojai wife, surfer, filmmaker, photographer, and writer. She and her husband grow their own food and like to play with their dog, cat, and chickens when not sliding down a wave, riding their bikes, or hiking in the mountains behind their home. For nearly two decades, Elizabeth has been making films independently and for PBS and has won five Emmy Awards and several film festival awards for her television and documentary film work. Elizabeth’s photographs have been shown in galleries and museums and featured in publications and books around the world, and she has written a book on San Francisco jazz history that was published by Chronicle Books in 2006. Her film Slow the Flow showed at the 2011 SF Green Film Festival.