Best Documentary (Tie)
East of Salinas
Jackie Mow & Laura Pacheco, USA, 2016
The Good Life/La Buena Vida
Jens Schanze, Germany/Colombia, 2015
Rosi Amador Of Argentine/Puerto Rican heritage, Rosi Amador is a Cambridge-based bicultural Latina who is dedicated to building cross-cultural bridges by using her voice to bring compelling messages to life in flawless English and Spanish. As the principal and founder of her family business, Amador Bilingual Voiceovers since 2010, Rosi is one of the top female bilingual voiceover actors in the country. She partners with producers of content for and about Hispanics globally. She has voiced for PBS, Comcast, L'Oreal, Disney, Discovery Familia, Pandora Radio, Lonely Planet, Expedia Travel and numerous independent film producers. She is also a seasoned Latin American vocalist, percussionist and founder of the award-winning band Sol y Canto, which she founded with her husband guitarist/composer Brian Amador, in 1994.
José F. Buscaglia-Salgado Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, José Buscaglia is the Chair of the Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies at Northeastern University. He is a philosopher, scholar, university administrator, public intellectual and consultant. His work moves across the disciplinary boundaries of aesthetics, architecture, critical theory, history, literature, cultural and policy studies in the Caribbean, the Atlantic World and beyond.
Paola Ibarra Deschamps Paola manages the Andes and Southern Cone Program of DRCLAS at Harvard University, a program that works to increase the visibility of the countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay through diverse academic programmatic activities. She collaborates with the ARTS@DRCLAS Program in its Cambridge activities and manages the Film component of the program. She holds an ALM in English from the Harvard Extension School, and an MSc Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Christian Ponce Christian Ponce is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Maravilla -a New York-based organization dedicated to raising public awareness of Latin America through film and the arts, Co-founder and Director of the Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York-EFFNY, Managing Director of the Venezuelan Film Festival in New York-VEFFNY, and a dedicated arts proponent. Throughout his career, Ponce has recognized and valued the strong power film offers for human betterment. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Ponce has developed a strong multi-cultural awareness from time spent between the United States and Ecuador since his late high school years. Ponce was first attracted to filmmaking through friends just as a new era of Mexican and Argentine filmmaking was emerging and inspiring talented young directors, cinematographers, producers, musicians and artists in Ecuador, many of whom Ponce was able to meet, learned from and work with, as short film producer, founder of the University's Cinema Club and local TV show host. Prior to his arrival at Maravilla, Ponce served in a number of key positions including as a Project Manager for Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where he worked on the acquisition and planning of an IMAX® Theatre. Ponce also served as Staff Journalist for the U.S.-based online Magazine Remezcla. Ponce has a background in finance, economics, and film from Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
Bill Spirito Bill Spirito is the Director of Boston Area Spanish Exchange (BASE), a Spanish language school and cultural center in Boston. Bill has taught cinema from Latin America and Spain, and he has worked with students of all ages. In Bogotá Bill taught in and ran English and Spanish schools all the while researching cinema and Colombia/U.S. relations.