(85 min) Brazil/Colombia/Peru/US
[watch trailer]

Saturday 10/18, 4:00 PM (Session 6)

Director: Pamela Yates
Producer: Paco de Onis


A band of Latin American activist-economists sets out to reduce inequality in the region with a model that places women at the center of the drive for social change. Collaborating with governments, big banks and women marginalized by poverty in Peru, Colombia and Brazil, they spread financial literacy horizontally using digital education tools and innovative strategies for financial inclusion. Through the program, the women become empowered economic and political agents in their communities, leading the process of societal transformation from the bottom up. Three million lives have already been changed. If the model is taken to scale, can twenty million women upend a continent?


Pamela Yates is an American documentary filmmaker. She was born and raised in the Appalachian coal-mining region of Pennsylvania but ran away at the age of 16 to live in New York City. Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures (with Peter Kinoy), a company dedicated to creating films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change. Four of Yates’ films as a director - When the Mountains Tremble; Poverty Outlaw; Takeover, and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court— were nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and When the Mountains Tremble won the Special Jury Award in 1984. Her film, State of Fear: The Truth about Terrorism, has been translated into forty-seven languages and broadcast in 154 countries. Her most recent directorial effort, The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court, is an epic tale about the first six tumultuous years of the ICC, filmed across four continents in six languages over four years. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Granito that is part political thriller, part memoir, transporting audiences through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and justice spanning four decades. She also directed the development of Granito: Every Memory Matters, a transmedia project using mobile applications to restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide.

Contact Information:

Skylight Pictures
e: paco@skylightpictures.com
w: www.skylightpictures.com


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