An International Woman’s Day Tribute to Nina Serrano

2018 International Women’s Day

Chile Lindo is presenting an International Woman’s Day Tribute to Nina Serrano with a film screening of “What Is To Be Done?/Que Hacer?” There will be a question and answer session with Nina Serrano, empanadas and wine at COVO,  981 Mission Street, San Francisco March 8, 2018, 6-9pm. 

1970, Santiago, Chile. Director Nina Serrano, Cameraperson Gustavo Morris during the filming of ¿Que Hacer? /What is to be Done?

1970, Santiago, Chile. Director Nina Serrano, Cameraperson Gustavo Morris during the filming of “¿Que Hacer? /What is to be Done?”

Poet l Filmmaker l Activist
Presenting: “What Is to Be Done?” (“¿Qué Hacer?”)
appearing also with 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.”

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.

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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

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