Past projects: No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance (featuring Muhammad Yunus)

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. 

Current project: SLOW FASHION

 

Slow Fashion follows women artisans in villages on four different continents: Oaxaca in southern Mexico, Guinea in West Africa, Vientiane, Laos and Jaipur, India. A host of sustainable designers, activists and UN sustainability specialists espouse their own views on fashion circularity and the connection to climate regeneration in the fashion capital of the world, New York City.

 

Issues of cultural appropriation and the commodifying of culture are explored as well as the relationships between woman artisans from remote villages and western designers is examined, as new ways of doing business are created by community liaisons, progressive designers, scientists, and activists, who use fair and humane practices for the betterment of people and the planet. 

EL BARRIO 

was screened at the Cannes Film Festival  and won the Best International Documentary Award in October of 2006 at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) in Los Angeles and the Founders Choice Award for Best Feature Documentary at NYIIFVF in New York City in November, 2006. It was also in official selection at the Berlin Film Festival in a group of Latin American films organized by Pablo Udenio of Haciendo Cine magazine from Argentina.