"Monsters" (or "Los Monstruos") follows the final years in the decade-long struggle to close Pilsen's Fisk coal plant in September 2012.
The film revolves around Pilsen resident Leila Mendez, who helped found the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization in 2004. The group went on to challenge Midwest Generation — the plant's owner — which ultimately led to that company agreeing to shut down the Fisk plant and another plant in February 2012.
While the film premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival in April, it has not yet been officially screened in Chicago. The Chicago premiere will be at 8 p.m. Friday at the National Museum of Mexican Art, followed by food, drinks and discussion. Tickets are $30 and all proceeds will be donated to the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization.