(30 minutes) Mexico
Director: Consuelo Alba
Producer: John Speyer
Don Sergio Castro has served the poor in Chiapas, Mexico for almost fifty years. The Healer follows the steps of this maverick humanitarian who treats patients seven days a week for free, while building schools and water projects in indigenous communities. Donations by tourists at his own ethnographic museum, which houses an important collection of Mayan clothing, have funded his humanitarian work. But times are more trying than ever, and Don Sergio operates on the edge of an economic precipice. Can he continue to serve the people who depend on his good works?
Consuelo Alba has extensive experience as a journalist, educator and cultural activist in Mexico and the United States. She is a graduate of the digital media academy program at Stanford University, and currently lives in California. Consuelo started Veremos Productions, LLC in 2009 with husband and producer John Speyer. The Healer is her first documentary. It has won three prizes and screened in more than fifteen festivals.
Web site: www.veremosproductions.com