On Sunday, when Hollywood was celebrating the Oscars with various glitzy parties, everyday domestic workers from across the US were also reveling in the evening fun at an Academy Awards viewing party in honor of “Roma.”
During the event, held at the Jane club, dozens of domestic workers chanted “Roma! Roma! Roma!” and “Si se puede!” when the film, which picked up three awards, was mentioned. For the women, the Netflix movie, which documented the life of a live-in housekeeper in Mexico City, played by indigenous actress Yalitza Aparicio, was the first time they felt seen.
The event was organized by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and had the support of “Roma” director Alfonso Cuarón as well as actresses and activists Diane Guerrero, Eva Longoria, Tarana Burke, Rashida Jones, Dolores Huerta, Monica Ramirez, Karla Souza and Olga Segura.