Por Oscar aims to document the movement to free Oscar López Rivera, one of the longest-serving political prisoners in the world. Rivera is a Puerto Rican activist who has been incarcerated since 1981 for his activities in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence. Many attribute Rivera to being the “Nelson Mandela of Puerto Rico.” Local and international activists and groups have been organizing for his release from prison and their demands have recently come into fruition.
On January 17, 2017, U.S. President Barack Obama conceded to the community's demand to commute Rivera's sentence and he is now finishing his 35th year of imprisonment under house arrest in Puerto Rico. One of those groups is the 35 Mujeres Por Oscar (35 Women for Oscar), who have been organizing a protest demanding Rivera’s release on the last Sunday of every month for the last two years. Each woman in the group represents each year that Rivera has been imprisoned. Por Oscar aims to document these women’s stories about how and why they got involved in the movement to free Oscar López Rivera and to win independence for Puerto Rico.