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Clarissa's Battle

Documentary 1h 30m 2022

In-Cinema experience
New York audiences can join us in person at the HRW Film Festival.

  • Saturday May 21, 8:00 PM, Film at Lincoln Center, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
  • Sunday May 22, 5:15 PM, Film at Lincoln Center, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

This film offers Closed Captioning in English and Spanish. You can select this option by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player to turn on captions. Audio Described version of this film is available by purchasing the version titled: “Audio Described Version: Clarissa’s Battle” on this festival platform (HERE)

World Premiere

Single mother and organizer Clarissa Doutherd is building a powerful coalition of parents. They’re fighting for child care and early education funds, desperately needed by low and middle-income parents and children across the United States. Driven by her own experience losing child care and becoming unhoused with her infant son, Xavier, she seems to be everywhere at once - at hearings, election rooms, and rallies from Oakland, California to Washington, DC. But juggling this work with raising her son pushes Clarissa into a personal health crisis far too common among stressed, working mothers, especially women of color. When the lockdown pushes more families into desperate circumstances, Clarissa and her coalition redouble their efforts, with the stakes higher than ever. Clarissa’s Battle gives us insight into an erupting movement, as communities across the country follow Clarissa’s successes, setbacks and indomitable resilience.

“When we build from the ground up, from the grassroots up, when we include seniors, when we include monolingual Spanish speakers, when we include everybody from the community to come and campaign and fight for justice for our children, then that’s how we win .” - Clarissa Doutherd, Film Participant, Clarissa’s Battle

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Tamara Perkins


Sara Maamouri




English, Español