NO SON INVISIBLES: MAYA WOMEN AND MICROFINANCE
takes place in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico featuring Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, of Grameen Bank, the Father of Microcredit. 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Muhammad Yunus, guides us through the stories of three women, pointing out how Microfinance has become a strong source of change in their lives and others, empowering them to become independent.
No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance featuring Muhammad Yunus, was originally screened at Cannes film festival in France and the Buñuel Festival in Calanda, Spain. It was translated into various languages, including Arabic for the Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran, Iran. It went on to the Guadalajara Film Festival, Torino and Roma Film Festivals in Italy and The Seattle Int'l Latino Film Festival as well as the Del Ray Beach Film Festival. It was also screened at The University of Washington and University of Texas as well as in San Francisco for the Women Advancing Microfincance organization. It has been acquired by university libraries at Harvard, Stanford, UT, TCU, Baylor, University of Washington, Vanderbilt, USC, and SMU libraries among others.
Documentary work in progress:
THE CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY
A feature length documentary in three parts: Part one follows women weavers from a remote village in southern Mexico and the appropriation of their ancient textile designs by western fashion designers. Part two follows women weavers and an American designer in Laos and the questions of appropriation vs. appreciation. Part three follows one fashion designer's journey collaborating with block print artisans in villages near Jaipur, India.
Issues of cultural appropriation and the commodifying of culture are explored along with the solutions provided by a new sustainable business practice. The relationships between weavers/block printers and designers is examined, as new sustainable ways of doing business are created by community liaisons and progressive designers, who move towards more fair and humane practices with people and the planet. The issues in the documentary are connected to one of the United Nation's four pillars of long term sustainable development that encompass the environment, social, economic, and cultural justice.