Black Lives Matter in Colombia

I travelled with Opal Tometi, Executive Director of BAJI and co-founder of Black Lives Matter to document an encounter with PCN and Afro-Colombian leaders. The two groups shared history, stories and strategy for organizing. We went to Cali, small towns in Cauca, and Medellín and met with leaders of different Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities. I took photos, created memes, and made videos of the encounter between these two communities.I also created a news story for AJ Plus Español because we arrived the day after the peace agreement was voted down by the popular vote. We learned about the conflict Afro-Colombian communities have between transnational corporations who are polluting their waters and lands.  Mina Charo-Rojas was our guide and we met with Esther Ojulari, Efraín Viveros, Ajamu Baraka, and leaders from Centro Popular Afrodescendiente.



100 Women 100 Miles

I was the videographer for 100 Women 100 Miles, a pilgrimage of 100 undocumented women to meet Pope Francis when he visited Washington DC. I walked with the women and filmed interviews while we walked. I edited profile videos of the walkers each night in the hotel and created a final video. I made a total of 12 videos including a video about Ana Cananguez who walked with the same sneakers she wore to walk to the US, Amy Kele a teenager who hasn’t seen her parents in 7 years, and Maricruz and Pati who use their faith to help them cope with the insecurity of being undocumented mothers. This was a collaboration with The National Domestic Workers Alliance and their member organizations including Mujeres Unidas y Activas, El Congreso de Jornaleros, Puente Arizona and other groups I love working with.

SNAG Magazine turns 10

I had the pleasure of working with the youth of Seventh Native American Generation, SNAG Magazine, for 5 years. I taught the youth media skills and helped them to document their work in videos and photography. While working with SNAG youth I had the chance to do joint workshops with PODER SF, Youth MOJO at the Chinese Progressive Association, and the youth of the Friendship House SF.  I worked closely with SNAG Magazine founders Ras K’dee and Shadi Rahimi on many interesting projects like editing their footage taking a Native American delegation to Palestine, documenting youth dancers at community powows, and helping the youth make short horror film Sage Smoke. I am still in contact with some of the SNAG youth and it has been a pleasure to watch them grow up.

ENUF y Subcomadante

Francisco ENUF Garcia paints Subcomadante Marcos – I shot and edited this video for ENUF from Phoenix. He painted this mural in the Mission District of San Francisco. The mural features the iconic face of Subcomadante Marcos of the EZLN Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico. ENUF is a friend from Phoenix, Arizona and I want to support him as an artist who uses his skills for positivity and justice.

Gabriel Teodros

Blossoms of Fire by Gabriel Teaodros

This is a  music video for Gabriel Teadros a rapper from Seattle, Washington. I shot with Shadi Rahimi. I edited the video with Dume Forwan. Gabriel is a friend of ours, a talented musician and from Ethiopia & Eritrea.

Manu Chao

Manu Chao ~ El Viento

We filmed in front of Sheriff Arpaio’s Tent City, an outdoor prison where prisoners, many of them there only for immigration violation, are subject to the harsh climate of the Arizona desert. We filmed unauthorized in front of this symbol of injustice before the Sheriff’s Department made us leave. Manu Chao and his band came to Arizona from Europe to play a free concert to the People in the streets of Central Phoenix.

I helped shoot this video with director Alex Rivera and Jason Aragón of Pan Left Productions on sound. Alex and Marco Loera from NDLON edited the video. The beautiful photographs are by Pedro Ultreras.

The Gift

The Gift is a narrative short I created with Milan Joshua Hawthorne for a series, Indigo Prophecies, an urban Twilight Zone. The Gift is a story about mental health in the Black community during the #BlackLivesMatter movement and it is rooted in African spiritual traditions.

“The Gift” is a short film about Kamau who is struggling to keep a hold on reality while his Oakland, CA community is being terrorized by killer cops. Haunted by visions of a young boy, Kamau must find out if he is being confronted by his sanity, the ancestors, or a powerful premonition.

Not1More Deportation

Shut Down ICE was a historic week when undocumented activists made the call to all grassroots organizers and the mainstream immigrant rights movement to disrupt the system of deportation through non-violent civil disobedience.  They kicked it off with a week of civil disobedience and protests at immigration offices across Arizona state. There were coordinated actions at the Nogales border, Tucson where Operation Streamline does mass deportations, and in Phoenix at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.

I coordinated media teams across the state so that all of the actions were recorded, photographed and live streamed. I prepared press packs and produced a final video that came out the same afternoon. I filmed along with Chandra Narica, Diana Pérez-Ramírez, Murphy Woodhouse, Jason Aragón, Dennis Gilman, Alonso Parra and Jonathan Alvira. In the days before Jason and Chandra and I shot all of the b-roll images for the video including a timelapse of the sun rising over the border fence and waiting along the freeway for the busses that deport immigrants to pass.  Marisa Franco and B Loewe wrote the narration. We made a Spanish version too. We focused on people on the bus, while corporate media focused on the activists.

Puente Visión

I had the honor of being the mentor for Puente Visón, a youth media collective, in their first year.  Alejandra was is this video that I shot and edited to fight her father’s deportation, and to celebrate their victory. Alejandra teamed up with Jennifer, Carlos, Rosalyn, Leslie, Joey and Rocio to start Puente Visión, a youth media collective. The youth have been making videos and taking photographs to support other families in their community. Puente Visión is youth led and they create their own programming and projects. The group is developing media and leadership skills while they express the trauma of family separation though creativity and art.

Occupy Oakland

I edited this video with a media team for the LeftBay99 movement to support the Occupy Wall Street Movement in Oakland, CA. I was one of a team of 8 videographers who went out to capture the events at the November, 2, 2011 Oakland General Strike. We set up a media lab near the action and the team dropped off all of their footage shot on various cameras and formats. I edited the final piece with the help of Regan Brashear, Cassidy Friedman and Michael Goodier. We drew from the work of skilled videographers to project the real concerns of Oakland residents who are in support of the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland movements. We also supplied footage to be aired on Democracy Now!.

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