Millie and the Lords is an indie drama about a Puerto Rican woman whose life is changed when she discovers the Young Lords Party.
This is the story of Milagros Baez, a Puerto Rican woman in Spanish Harlem who longs for a different life. A life where she is loved, respected and valued. A life where she does not see suffering in her community. A life where Blacks , Latinos, and Whites have equal access to society’s resources, and are not stopped and frisked by police without reasonable cause for suspicion. But for Millie, a world like that seems impossible. With no one to believe in her, Millie doesn’t even believe in herself. She spends her days and nights as a cashier at a local grocery market. An avid reader, Millie fantasizes about going to college and becoming a writer. But in her world, this is not a realistic goal. With no one on her side, she is resigned to living in the projects of El Barrio and working as a cashier for the rest of her life.
But when Millie meets Mateo, a former Young Lord, her life is transformed. As he slowly shares with Millie all of his knowledge and experiences with this Puerto Rican revolutionary group, she discovers an inner strength and passion that she never knew was there. Mateo’s encouragement and belief in Millie give her a new found sense of possibility, and little by little, her life begins to change. Inspired by the model of the Young Lords Party,Millie is able to overcome her fears and become the woman that she was meant to be.
Incorporating original presentations from the founding members of the Young Lords Party with a deeply emotional story written by Jennica Carmona, Millie and the Lords will be an inspiring motion picture about one woman’s journey from isolation and helplessness to strength and empowerment. Millie and the Lords will incorporate documentary material and inventive cinematography that honors the legacy of the Young Lords Party.