16mm Film: 16mm Film Screening - Pedro Rivera & Susan Zeig's 'Manos a la Obra: the Story of Operation Bootstrap'

Date and Time
Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6 - 7:30 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.


Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Event Details

 La promesa vac�a de 'Operaci�n Manos a la Obra' – NotiCel – La  verdad como es – Noticias de Puerto Rico – NOTICEL

An investigation of Puerto Rico's "Operation Bootstrap," an economic development plan undertaken in the 1950's by American corporations who used the island as a source of cheap and abundant labor for their tax-free earnings. The film charts Puerto Rico's present economic crisis that has led to mass migration to the U.S., the promotion of widespread sterilization and unproductive welfare programs.


A comprehensive documentary on Puerto Rican history and U.S.-Puerto Rican relations, focusing on the failure of Puerto Rico's highly vaunted industrial development plan that was to provide a role model for economic development throughout Latin America .


While no registration is required, you may email andrewfairweather@nypl.org if you wish to receive a reminder a day before/day of the screening, as well as notifications about possible postponements or cancellations.

This screening will take place in-person at the Seward Park branch.

Parental guidance under 18.

Assistive Listening and ASL
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.