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MERCED — Screening of Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno and Q&A with Filmmaker

April 2, 2019 @ 9:30 am

Maria Moreno. Photo Credit: George Ballis/Take Stock Images of Change
Maria Moreno. Photo Credit: George Ballis/Take Stock Images of Change

MERCED—Join a film screening of ADIOS AMOR: THE SEARCH FOR MARIA MORENO at UC Merced, followed by a panel discussion with Director Laurie Coyle and exhibit photographer Ernest Lowe.

Adios Amor tells the story of Maria Moreno’s struggle to organize California’s migrant farm workers while raising 12 children. The documentary also interweaves director Laurie Coyle’s quest to find photographs and more information about Moreno through the attics and archives of the California Central Valley.

As part of the exhibit Black Migrants to the Central Valley 1960-1964, the UC Merced Library and UC Merced Center for the Humanities are hosting this screening of the documentary and panel discussion. Open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Screening: 4:30 pm
Panel Discussion: 5:30 pm

COB2 295F, Digital Humanities Lab
UC Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

This project is supported by a California Documentary Project grant.

For questions about this event, please contact Elizabeth Salmon, Research Services Librarian at esalmon@ucmerced.edu.



Twenty years ago, Bay Area filmmaker Laurie Coyle discovered hundreds of lost photographs of a farmworker, clearly a mother and union organizer, sending her on a search for Maria Moreno, a hero history forgot. Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta launched the United Farm Workers, this migrant mother was driven to speak out by her twelve children’s hunger. An outspoken leader in the years when women were expected to stay in the background, Moreno was the first female farm worker in the U.S. to be hired as a union organizer. Moreno’s story was silenced and her legacy buried — until now.


Digital Humanities Lab, UC Merced
Building: COB2 295F, 5200 North Lake Road 
Merced, CA 95343 United States
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