‘Councilwoman’ Documentary Follows Life and Work of Immigrant Politician

By N. Jamiyla Chisholm Sep 03, 2019

On the heels of the nation’s Labor Day celebration on Monday (September 2), America ReFramed will debut a new documentary today (September 3) on WORLD Channel. “Councilwoman” follows Carmen Castillo, an immigrant who works as a hotel housekeeper and advocates for the working families in her community while serving her first term on the city council in Providence, Rhode Island.

Filmmaker Margo Guernsey follows the Dominican Republic-native who came to the United States with her three daughters in 1994 as she fights to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, conducts door-to-door canvassing, attends fundraisers and meets with community leaders.

“My vision is for there to be better jobs so my neighborhood improves for people to rise up,” Castillo says in the documentary. Watch the trailer: