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An International Women's Day Tribute to Nina Serrano

  • Covo SF 981 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

Poet l Filmmaker l Activist

Presenting: “What Is to Be Done?" ("¿Qué Hacer?")

joined by Country Joe McDonald, of Country Joe & the Fish

appearing Greg Landau and Valerie Landau

“What Is to Be Done?" ("¿Qué Hacer?") is a film produced in Chile in 1970, co-directed by Nina Serrano, Saul Landau, and Raúl Ruiz. Original music and lyrics by Country Joe McDonald. The film won awards at the Cannes, Venice, and Mannheim, Germany film festivals.

Nina Serrano is a San Francisco Bay Area poet, filmmaker, activist, and radio producer for KPFA’s “La Raza Chronicles” and “Open Book: the Poet to Poet Series”. At age 82, Nina Serrano published her first novel, “Nicaragua Way.”

Country Joe McDonald is a distinguished 60s counterculture, folk-rock guitarists, singer-song writer that founded the psychedelic rock band Country Joe and the Fish. McDonald’s legendary solo performance at the Woodstock Festival is featured in the “Woodstock” film. His emblematic composition, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag” became the official protest song against the Vietnam War.

In 1970, Nina Serrano invited Country Joe to join the film crew of “What Is to Be Done?” and thus he composed the lyrics and music score for the film, on location, in Chile.

Greg and Valerie Landau, Nina’s son and daughter, were teenagers at the time the film was made, and also joined the production crew in Chile.

Greg Landau, PhD, is an award-winning music/video producer, educator and music historian. He received nine Grammy nominations for his CD productions. He has produced numerous film and video sound tracks. He teaches Latin American and Latino/a Studies at City College of San Francisco.

Valerie Landau is an author and designer that serves as Director of Assessment at Samuel Merritt University where she designed a software application that facilitates analysis and assessment of how effectively an organization is meeting their goals and objectives at course, program, and institutional levels. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Department of Human Development and Psychology, with an emphasis in technology in education.

Paula Tejeda


Chile Lindo



6:00p Doors open for mingling with wine and empanadas

6:45 Introduction to the film

7:00 Screening starts

8:30 Q&A with special guests