Patricia Garcia-Rios


Patricia Garcia-Rios is a documentary filmmaker with 25 years of experience. Born in Spain, she moved to the U.S. after receiving a Fulbright grant to pursue a Master’s Degree at Boston University. She was trained as a filmmaker at the legendary Blackside, Inc. (of Eyes on the Prize fame), where she worked on several historical documentary series for PBS. In 1995, she joined the team for the landmark PBS series Africans in America: America’s Journey through Slavery, winner of a Peabody Award. Her work on that series earned her an Emmy award in the category of research. During her ten years at WGBH-Boston, Garcia-Rios was a writer, producer and director on They Made America and a co-producer and co-director on Reconstruction: The Second Civil War and Chicago: City of the Century. In 2007, Garcia-Rios directed and produced the episode about Latino health in Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, a 4-hour series on health disparities that aired on PBS and won a duPont-Columbia Award. Garcia-Rios currently works producing documentary-style videos on public policy and human rights issues for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has also acted as writing and story consultant on several documentaries for film and television, participated in National Endowment for the Humanities funding panels, and served as a judge on the Writers’ Guild Awards and as a screener on both the News and Documentary Emmys and the duPont-Columbia Awards.