NCLAFF: Defending the Environment through Documentary Work
Free and open to the public.
Katia Lara (Tegucigalpa, Honduras 1967) is a Director and Producer, and founder of Terco Producciones. Her work focuses on human rights (gender and political participation), and environmental justice affairs in Honduras and Central America. After studying visual arts in Honduras and Mexico, she began working in radio. She became news editor for news networks Notimex, Imevisión and CNN En Español, and fixer for Central American war correspondents Epigmenio Ibarra and Ronnie Lovler. After the signing of the Peace Agreements in 1992, she moved to San Salvador where she worked in advertising. Then in 1998, she studied film directing at the Eliseo Subiela School of Cinematography, in Argentina. In 2003, she returned to Honduras where she co-founded Terco Producciones. Katia Lara is member of the Network of Latin America and Caribbean Documentarians 21st Century and member of the Advisory Council of CINERGIA - Fund for the Promotion of Cinema in Central America and Cuba. Her films include: De larga distancia (2000); Corazón abierto (2005); Quién dijo miedo, Honduras de un golpe... (2010); Berta Vive (2016), which won the best documentary at the Guadalajara Film Festival (2017); and Berta Soy Yo (2022).
Lara will be speaking about the role of filmmakers on documenting cases related to policies of development imposed on communities. The struggle of individuals in the pursue of environmental justice of those communities, and the role of environmental activists and filmmakers in telling the story from the bottom up.