Justice for my Sister
maandag 25 maart 2013 - 21:30
Q&A with director Kimberly Bautista. Moderator is Katharina Dechert, Returned Human Rights Accompanier in Guatemala.
Kimberly Bautista is a Princess Grace Award recipient, a recipient of the prestigious yearlong Latino Artists Mentorship from the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), and a 2010 NALIP Latino Producers Academy Fellow. Kimberly's debut feature length documentary film, "Justice for my Sister," has screened in over 150 communities in Guatemala with the help of the Guatemalan Justice for my Sister advocacy team. Kimberly launched a text message-based hotline in Guatemala to supplement the film and to connect audiences to services, resources, and counseling after community screenings.
In 2006, Kimberly founded and directed the Intercultural Web Exchange, a video pen-pal web program between young women in Quito, Ecuador and young Chicana women in Pomona, California. The project lasted for over three years and culminated in a college prep opportunity for the participants. In 2008, Kimberly filmed testimonies of Guatemalans who witnessed human rights violations; these videos were to be used as evidence of genocide to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights with prosecutors from Cal Berkeley and the Myrna Mack Foundation. She has since worked as a freelance field producer both in Latin America and California for clients in the non-profit sector (Hebrew Immigrant Aide Society, The UN Refugee Agency) and the corporate sector (Herbalife). She has also worked on several films, including Patricia Cardoso's "Lies in Plain Sight" and Morgan Spurlock's "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope", and television programs on LATV and The Learning Channel. She wrote and directed two public service announcements that aired on Univision to encourage Latinos in the Los Angeles area to pursue a higher education.
Kimberly holds a Master's in Social Documentation from University of California, Santa Cruz for film production. She is currently a part-time lecturer at California State University Monterey Bay in the Visual and Public Art Department.
Katharina Dechert has been active in the human rights community in Guatemala for several years, and worked most recently as a Human Rights Accompanier, supporting human rights defenders in their struggle for the recognition of their human and civil rights. She is currently an intern at the International Criminal Court.