Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Cine y Comunicación de los Pueblos Indígenas (CLACPI) was founded in 1985 and is currently the largest collective of indigenous filmmakers in Latin America. They promote the use of media as a tool of cultural affirmation and social transformation for indigenous communities. CLACPI produces and disseminates audiovisual materials about indigenous cultures and other issues of interest for their collective organizations. They also focus on grassroots media training and workshops to promote agency and self-representation among indigenous communities.

Highlights of the program include an indigenous film showcase curated by Nelly Kuiru Castro, Norma Rocío Gómez Semanate, Andres Tapia Arias, and David Hernández Palmar.


All events will be held at NYU KJCC

Monday, April 15



Welcoming remarks


SHORT FILMS: Connections with the natural world

Q&A Moderator Carla Cordova, Queens College, City University of New York

Raâ - Plantas de sabiduría para armonizar el mundo (Colombia)

Dir: Nelly Kuiru (Murui Muina M+n+ka y Muinane)

The elders of the Murui Muina M+n+ka and Muinane people of the Colombian Amazon show and explain the value of words and dialogue in managing the world from daily life in the great spiritual house or Maloca.

Four traditional experts and elders from the Murui and Muinane people, Jifayama, Kuegakurinho, Sesefai and Kiyedegago, meet in the Maloca of the Muinane people to start a dialogue and reflect on the importance of the plants of wisdom and the word of life left by Moo Buinama (creator father) to harmonize the world. This meeting involves the collection and preparation of sacred plants and the consumption of Mambe (coca leaf and yarumo mixture) and Minicuera (sweet cassava-based drink) to welcome the knowledgeable guests.

Treng Treng Kay Kay (Argentina)

Dir: María Manzanares (Mapuche)

Sound video installation that takes as inspiration a mythical story of the Mapuche people. In the origin story, there are two beings that take care of their territorial spaces, water and land. The earth being is called Treng and the water being is called Kay Kay. One does not advance on the domains of others, and this balance allows the continuity of life in the world to be maintained. For there to be balance then, everything must remain WITHOUT COMBAT.

La industria del fuego (Bolivia - Ecuador)

Dir:Jimmy Piaguaje (Siona)

Jimmy and Ribaldo, young Siekopai filmmakers of the Amazon, travel to the Bolivian Chiquitanía to investigate what is behind the fires that affect the Amazon region. Far from any media coverage, they will seek to document first-hand stories to understand how indigenous peoples face the growing threat that looms over their lives.

La Oroya (Peru)

Dir: Álvaro Sarmiento (Quechua)

The residents of La Oroya Antigua breathe highly polluted air due to the operation of the mining and metallurgical company, Doe Run Perú. Children and pregnant mothers are the most vulnerable to the effects of lead, cadmium, arsenic, sulfur dioxide and other metal gases. In 2007, the US Blacksmith Institute included La Oroya for the second time, on its list of the 10 most polluted places in the world.



Indigenous Youth and Territory: Challenges and Problems Young People Face in Frontline Communities

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SHORT FILMS: Family and Community

Q&A Moderator Tatiana Rojas Ponce, New York University

IBEGWA (Panama)

Dir: Duiren Wagua (Gunadule)

IBEGWA is a short film that tells the story of Guani, an albino Gunadule boy who experiences constant discrimination for being different. To get out of his reality, Guani invents an imaginary friend, Nuchu, a character who guides him and together they build their own universe through games.

Sentir Kapanawa (Peru)

Dir: Jessy Calle Suárez (Kanawapa)

Adan, a young man from the Kapanawa community, has taken all kinds of risks to get to college and become a bilingual teacher. Without materials or friends to practice with, he will try not to forget his native language and also graduate to become a professor.

Mbyá Rembiapó Nhemombe'u - Arte Mbyá-Guarani e suas Histórias (Brasil)

Dir: Ariel Kuaray Ortega e UFFS/CeL (Guarani Mbyá)

This work was directed by indigenous filmmaker Ariel Ortega (Kuaray Poty), images captured by indigenous Patrícia Ferreira (Para Yxapy) and also by filmmaker, and report written by Ralf Ortega (Vera Poty), Ariel Ortega and professor Bedati. This project – from its direction to its editing – was made by indigenous filmmakers from the Tekoá Koenju community, members of the “Coletivo de Cineastas Indígenas” of the NGO Vídeo nas Aldeias. “They are internationally recognized filmmakers for the work they have done.” The material was released in August 2015, during the programming of the XXIII Cultural Week of Santo Ângelo. The documentary was exhibited during the Anthropological Conference, promoted by UFSC, in Florianópolis; in Posadas (Argentina), during a meeting of the Intercultural Border Schools Program; during the XXVIII National History Symposium, also at UFSC, in Florianópolis; in Montevidéu, during the Audiovisual Show of the XI Reunião de Antropologia do Mercosul, etc. The documentary has been distributed to universities in Portugal, Poland, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and, in Brazil, to UFPel, UFGD, UFPE, URI, Unimpampa, UFBA, UFSC, to the Assembleia Legislativa do Rio Grande do Sul, and more recently, no 17º CineOP/MG. Audiovisual production is intended to subsidize studies, debates and reflections on the Culture and History of Indigenous Peoples and reflect, as well as the processes of cultural resistance.

Inchishashiyi Bari (Colombia)

Dir: Gustavo Ulcué Campo y Adel Bashodida Sayo Díaz (Bari)

Inchishashiyi Barí (Our Barí Children), is one of the few existing documentaries about the Barí people, often wrongly referred to as called Motilones. This documentary is made specifically by Barí people, highlighting their origin story and how children from the Ichirrindakayra community learn about being Barí. Aerial images place us in a forest nestled in mountains as beautiful as they are mysterious. As we are invited into their territory, we see how children learn from the teachings of their grandparents, and from life in the community, where the heirs of wise warriors who inhabited the Barí world since its beginnings, coexist.


SHORT FILMS: Defense of territories and rights

Q&A Moderator Sinclair Thomson, New York University

Almantal Yu'un Lekilal (Mensajeros de la Paz) (Mexico)

Dir: Octavio Anza

Twenty-two years after the massacre perpetrated by paramilitary groups in collusion with the Mexican government, the people of Acteal celebrate their martyrs and persist in their demand for justice. The voice of Guadalupe Vázquez Luna is the voice of the "Messengers of Peace", who once again, in an act of rebellious dignity, rise to denounce the humiliation, looting, marginalization and exclusion that the indigenous peoples of Acteal have survived for over five hundred years.

Allpamanda (Ecuador)

Dir: Tawna Cine Desde Territorio

This collective work is a documentary focused on the persistent struggles of the peoples and nationalities originating from Ecuador, who have a life commitment to the defense of their territories against constant threats they have been receiving from hydroelectric, oil and mining companies. The film, encompassing materials from the year 1980 to the last decade, and first-hand testimonies of Indigenous leaders, reminds us that these conflicts have not ended and that the memories of struggle must be transmitted to youth, as a legacy of what was done and still remains to be done.

Tuesday, April 16



Remarks from Nelly Kuiru, General Coordinator of CLACPI



Presentation for the official launch of the Digital Map of Indigenous Communication Collectives of Latin America (Amherst College) + Discussion on the Circumstances and Precarities of Communication in Indigenous territories.

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SHORT FILMS: Defense of the environment

Q&A Moderator Cristina Verán, New York University

Autodemarcação Já! (Brasil)

Dir: Beka Munduruku (Munduruku)

Guided by the ancestral strength of Karo Sakaybu, the greatest warrior and creator of the Tapajós River and the Munduruku people, Chief Juarez denounces the threats to life posed by the invasions of loggers and miners in the Sawré Muybu territory, while uniting his people in the fight for the demarcation of the territory. Munduruku women are one of the main forces in this fight, and they courageously face their enemies, whether in the territory, in the streets, or in Congress. Self-demarcation becomes the only way after the indigenous land is recognized, but there is no government action to demarcate or curb invasions. “Why don’t we demarcate, since the land is ours?”. Self-demarcation is full of challenges and confrontations, but the Munduruku warriors are at the forefront of this fight and expel their invaders with courage and resistance. Sawé!

Kallpa Kachi, Fuerza de la Sal (Argentina)

Dir: Marina Ruiz (Kolla y Ataama)

In the Puna region of Argentina, specifically in Salinas Grandes (Jujuy, Salta), a conflict has been growing since 2010 over lithium mining activity. Faced with the large construction of multinational companies for the exploration of metal, 33 Communities of the Kolla-Atacamas are grouped in the Mesa de la Cuenca de Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc to defend their territories and demand that the State and companies fulfill their rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consultation. The documentary covers some of the most significant voices of these communities, who accknowlege the Territory as imperative to their worldview. This story offers a profound message about the protection of life that, as a reality, bears the dream of Community as an ancestral form, that continues to survive.

Nedok (Mexico)

Dir: Juan Ernesto Regalado Morales (Zapoteco)

Wenceslao, a fisherman from San Mateo del Mar, is forced to work among lagoons where fish is scarce and adversity are abundant. This is all due to the growing conflict between his community and Santa María del Mar, a consequence of the construction of wind farms on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca.

Yuyaymanta (Ecuador)

Dir: Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE)

A group of young filmmakers, on behalf of CONAIE, recorded short interviews with victims of police brutality in June 2022, during a series of protests against the economic policies of Ecuadorian president Guillermo Lasso.


SHORT FILMS: Ancestral knowledge and traditions

Q&A Moderator Ryan Pinchot, Rutgers University and The Hispanic Society

Epanae (Ecuador)

Dir: Luis Carlos Enqueri (Waorani)

We are Waorani, we’ve lived on this land for thousands of years. We take care of our jungle, water, land, air, ourselves, the animals – we are like the guardians of the jungle. Today with the arrival of multinational companies men and women decide to take a fight to protect their life and conserve the environment.

Ati't - Las Memorias de la Abuela Lago/The Memories of Grandma Lake (Guatemala)

Dir: Tirza Ixmucané (Maya Kaqchikel)

Grandma Lago has lived for more than 84,000 years in what is now Tzutujil and Kaqchikel land in Guatemala, a grandmother who nurtures and gives life to the land and her grandchildren. Time has passed and the grandmother faces oblivion and abandonment. Ri Ati’t doesn’t need us to save her, she regenerates herself. She needs us to listen to her.

Kawsay Sacha (Ecuador)

Dir: Eriberto Gualinga (Kichwa Sarayaku)

The Kichwa indigenous people of Sarayaku build a canoe from an old cedar tree, as a symbol of the living jungle, in their land, the central Amazon of Ecuador. In an act of reconquest and decolonization, they carry it to the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change that took place in Paris in 2015, COP 21.

Yaku Raymi (Peru)

Dir: Mullu (Quechua)

What happens when a snowbird dies? In the community of Santa Fe, Peru, water is disappearing, animals are dying due to lack of grass, and rains are sporadic. The community members know that climate change is affecting the apu or god of the mountain, but they believe that the transformation of a Quechua ritual will help them protect it and recover the snow.


SHORT FILMS: Love between generations

Q&A Moderator Rosanna Dent, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Through the Dance (Indonesia)

Noveni Niryanti Usun (Dayak Bahau)

Inspired by seeing her young niece, who is naturally attracted to her culture, Through the Dance is a short documentary showing Youth’s Impact on Traditions, as simple as how the young generations, even elders, would see and copy when they see things. Seeing Richella’s spirit in performing and also promoting Dayak Bahau culture gives hope to Noveni (the filmmaker), who’s bothered by the modernization and fear that the culture will be left out and inspired her to make this short documentary to spread the message into Indigenous Peoples around the world with a tagline we see, we copy. In the film, Richella performs a couple of traditional dances in various events wearing her traditional attire and, later on, having conversations with an Indigenous Activist-Ding Hibau, in trying to understand why her hobby is actually making an impact on her people

Diiyeghan naii Taii Tr’eedaa (Alaska)

Dir: Princess Daazhraii Johnson with Alisha Carlson (Gwich'in)

A grandfather teaches his granddaughter, a young Gwich'in mother named Alisha, how reciprocity is embedded in all aspects of life. The northern lights warm the caribou; the caribou helps feed and sustain the community; the community honors the connections. Each element in nature is purposeful and related. In turn, these connections bring new meaning to Alisha and her wishes for her children and for all living beings.

Falas Da Terra: Histórias (Im)possíveis. Episódio de Hoje: Pintadas (Brazil)

Dir: Luisa Lima, Thereza de Medicis, y Graciela Guarani (Guarani-Kaiowá)

From different backgrounds and with varying views of the world, Luara (Ellie Makuxi) is back in her hometown with her best friend from university, Michele (Isabela Santana), after spending years away studying. Upon her return, Luara promises to help her cousin, Josy (Dandara Queiroz), with her music. But, when arriving at the location they agreed to record at, a special place with many childhood memories for Josy and Luara, the young women are faced with the degrading forest. Facing this scenario, they need to find a new solution for filming, but along the way, they end up facing challenges that lead them to encounters and disagreements with their fears, identities and stories.

Nu Isuik (Colombia)

Dir: Cabildo Indígena del Resguardo de Guambía (Misak)

Nu Isuik is the story of Daniel Estiven, a 6-year-old boy born with cerebral palsy. He lives with his mother and his grandfather, a Misak elder. He receives routine visits from a physiotherapist for physical therapy. In these three modes of knowledge, science, tradition and religion, Daniel begins to understand what it means to be Misak.

Aipa a Yem (Colombia)

Dir: Luzbeidy Monterrosa Atencio y Luis Trochez Tunubala

After several encounters, Adriana, a young Misak college student, develops interest in Jasay, a Wayuu photographer, who helps her understand the internal and external conflicts they face for belonging to an indigenous community, and where it's not culturally accepted to romantically and publicly love another person of the same gender.




Panel I: Indigenous Youth and Territory: Challenges and Problems Young People Face in Frontline Communities

April 15, 2:30pm


  • Estefanía Lalvay Coordinadora de comunicaciones de la Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE)
  • Nizhoni Camille Begay Water Protector Legal Collective
  • Gunza Villafaña Yosokwi Collective, Universidad del Magdalena (Colombia)
  • Andrés Tapia CLACPI, CONAIE Ecuador
  • Emily Uruchima CLACS alumni, New York Public Library, Water Protector Legal Collective

How do we begin to unpack “Indigenous Latinidad” within an ant-colonial framework? The growing presence of an Indigenous diaspora from Latin America is shifting and raising questions about transnational meanings of race and indigeneity. Although Latinidad has, for a while now, been somewhat of a fractured term, raising questions around the monolithic tendencies associated with it, the growing presence of Latinx people identifying with their Indigenous communities in Latin America, but relegated to the large Latinx narrative, begs us to recognize broaden limitations in Latinx studies. How can we analyze the large current waves of migration and displacement without considering the impacts of illegal mining, contaminated water, land grab policies, and the arrival of green energy industries in Indigenous territories with faux promises of employment and economic development?

Across academia, we see a rising population of first-generation Indigenous students categorized within Latinx societal frameworks, yet seeking to strengthen Indigenous languages, culture, and traditions of their communities in Latin America. This movement not only challenges monolithic perceptions of Latinx identities but also notions of settler-colonialism and the legitimacy of borders. How do Indigenous Latinx people contend with being positioned as part of a settler colonial force that dispossesses Native American Nations (in Turtle Island) continuously fighting for their sovereignty? How is an Indigenous Latinx consciousness forged and how can it challenge dominant narratives of migration and belonging?

The goal of the panel is to hold an open conversation with Indigenous youth in Abya Yala and Turtle Island about the challenges their communities endure in the face of extractive federal policies and corporate interests leading to consistent land dispossession, water insecurity, and violence against Indigenous women. We recognize the precarious similarities between frontline communities in the United States and Latin America and young people's imperative role in raising these issues and stories on large international stages and in public institutions. While the policies that threaten the livelihoods of Indigenous peoples shift across “national borders,” they are nevertheless predicated on denying Indigenous peoples the right to live safely in their Native communities and/or sovereignty. How can we work together to challenge corporate interests and extractive policies, while also problematizing the dominant and monolithic narratives placed on us?

Estefanía Lalvay

Estefanía Lalvay, lead communicator of the CONAIE (CONFEDERATION OF INDIGENOUS NATIONALITIES OF ECUADOR). Kichwa, of the Kañary Azuay people, former president and former leader of the provincial organization UCIA (Union of Indigenous Communities of Azuay). Studies at the Amawtay Wasi, the Intercultural University of Indigenous Nationalities and Peoples.

Nizhoni Begay

Nizhoni Begay (Diné/Quechua) is the Communications and Development Coordinator at the Water Protector Legal Collective. Nizhoni graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science and minors in Music and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Her previous experience includes doing research at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, cultivating community at Stanford’s Native American Cultural Center as president of Diné Club, and staffing at Stanford’s Native American-themed residence, Muwekma-Tah-Ruk. Nizhoni has ties to several organizations internationally who she works with from time to time. In 2020, Nizhoni was awarded the Award of Excellence, an award designed to recognize the top 10% of the class who have demonstrated a sincere commitment through involvement and leadership, from the Stanford Alumni Association. Before Stanford, Nizhoni performed internationally mariachi music as a vocalist and plays the guitar, violin, piano, and diatonic accordion. Soon, Nizhoni will apply to law school to further her work at WPLC and become a part of the 0.4% of Indigenous attorneys in the United States.

Gunzareiman Villafaña

Gunzareiman is an Arhuaca woman, who recently graduated as an economist and is a graduate student in the Creative Audiovisual Production program at the Universidad del Magdalena in Colombia. Since 2017, she has supported the production and coordination of various projects alongside the Yosokwi Collective for audiovisual productions, including Dunna Kwasi – Building Peace for the Truth Commission, Anzasari Niwi Umukin – Defenders of Territory for the Territory and Indigenous Voices series. She has worked for the organization Cabildo Arhuaco de la Sierra Nevada in coordinating projects alongside Conservation International, Mastercard, and other organizations, with financial and administrative responsibilities, ultimately with emphasis on Indigenous audiovisual training and production from the perspective of Indigenous youth.

The Circumstances and Precarities of Communication in Indigenous Territories

April 16, 12:15pm


  • Ethan Neuschwander Spanish major, Amherst College.
  • Nichole Fernández Architectural Studies major, Amherst College.
  • Andy Anderson Senior Academic Technology Specialist, Amherst College.
  • Gustavo Ulcue Campo CLACPI

Presentation for the official launch of the Digital Map of Indigenous Communication Collectives of Latin America (Amherst College) + Discussion on the Circumstances and Precarities of Communication in Indigenous territories.

Struggles of Indigenous people for the appropriation of technological and communication tools as political advocacy and the challenges they currently face within indigenous territories.

Poma de Ayala's 'First New Chronicle and Good Government'

Beginning with the principles of critical and decolonial cartography, we use a map with equal area projection, and oriented with east to the top, as Nahuas did in their codices and as Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala famously did in the world map from his First New Chronicle and Good Government (1600-1615). The colors come from a map of nature, and the symbols and constellations come from several Indigenous cultures, including the Taino and Mayan cultures.

A database, in conjunction with the ArcGIS digital mapping program, will populate the map with points. By pressing these points, a window will open with information provided by the CLACPI organization: name of the organization, brief description of it, website or social media page, and links to one or two films. The map in this way will function as a sample of films curated by CLACPI members themselves, and will help make visible the geographical diversity of the organization, processes and/or communication groups in Latin America and the thematic diversity of its audiovisual productions.


Rocío Gómez Semanate

Rocío Gómez Semanate

Passionate about the art and culture of the Kitu Kara people, Rocio holds a position as Coordinator and General Producer of the "WarmiCine" project, a creative laboratory for women, as well as MuyuyCine, an audiovisual seedbed carried out in various Ecuadorian locations. Both training and audiovisual production processes seek to weave, complement and highlight the presence of Indigenous Peoples.

Rocio has been the recipient of several accolades as cultural manager for the promotion of cinema and audiovisuals at the national level, as well as recipient of municipal participatory funds with interdisciplinary projects. She has also been the recipient of national recognitions such as the Mushuk Nina award for the contribution to the peoples and nationalities with audiovisual art and the Municipal Recognition of Quito for the contribution to the development of culture.

Among her audiovisual productions, "Somos pueblo," "Trenzando vida," "Manuela 1945," "Kitu Kara," and "La Yumba" stand out. Rocio’s works are the result of a process of formation and identity reflection surrounding the presence of the Kitu Kara people and their practices as urban indigenous people in the capital of Ecuador. She has worked as field producer and presenter of the television series “Ecuador Ancestral” and the feature film from Esmeralda “Semillas de Lucha.” Co-director of several indigenous film festivals and exhibitions such as the recent FIC CLACPI Ecuador 2022. Social Communicator, Visual Anthropologist and cultural manager, scriptwriter, filmmaker, audiovisual producer and popular trainer, ancestral dancer and cultural activist.

Nelly Kuiru

Nelly Kuiru
Nombre Tradicional: Moniyango (Árbol de la abundancia)

Nelly is an Indigenous woman belonging to the Murui-M+n+ka (Uitoto) indigenous people of La Chorrera (Department of Amazonas, Colombia). She is the General Coordinator of CLACPI and film and audiovisual media director Escuela Nacional de cine y artes audiovisuales de Elíseo Subiela, Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 2012 until 2021, she was National Communication Commissioner of the Pueblos Indígenas de la Macro-Amazonía de la ONIC (National Indigenous Organization of Colombia. In 2014, she was appointed delegate of the Minister of Culture in matters of citizen media for the Amazon.

She is co-founder of the Comisión Nacional de Comunicación de los Pueblos Indígenas (CONCIP) and Ciber Amazonas (Network of Women Communicators of the Amazon Basin). She is founder and coordinator of the first Escuela de Comunicación Indígena de la Amazonia colombiana (Ka+ Jana Uai –La Voz de Nuestra Imagen-) and the first association of indigenous women in the Department of Amazonas (Nimaira-Amazon). She has shared responsibilities negotiating with the Government of the Republic of Colombia, along with other representatives of Indigenous Organizations, for the creation of the Public Communication Policy of and for the Indigenous Peoples of Colombia and the National Television Plan. She has conducted Social Communication Studies at Southern New Hampshire University (USA).

Gustavo Ulcué Campo

Gustavo Ulcué Campo

Gustavo Ulcué is Nasa from the Canoas Indigenous Reservation in Santander de Quilichao, Cauca, Colombia, with vast experience in communication, research, participation and action processes of and for Indigenous communities as well as other social sectors. He has contributed to the development of mechanisms for collective meetings and exchanges on the governance processes of ethnic peoples, such as assemblies, workshops, mingas, community work, and rituals, among others. He was a co-founder of the Communication Network of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca, coordinated the communication program of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Chocó, and advised Indigenous communication programs in the Córdoba and Nariño departments.

From 2013 to 2019 he was the director of the Daupará Indigenous Film and Video Festival, and a jury member of the 2013 CLACPI International Indigenous Film and Video Festival. He was part of the team that built the Policy Public Communication of Indigenous Peoples and the National Unified Indigenous Television Plan of Indigenous Peoples, formalized in 2017. He directs audiovisual productions for television, including Luna de Verano (2022) and Flute and Drum, for the series Territorios y Voces Indígenas (CONCIP - Canal Trece, season 01 of 2021 and season 2 of 2022); Guerrera Ancestral (financed by the Truth Commission for FICCI Interruptus 2021); Kwesx Dxi'j (Señal Colombia, 2019); the series Somos Originarios (Capital Channel, 2018); Ya'ja (Señal Colombia, 2018); Yu' Luuçx (Señal Colombia, 2016), in addition to another 20 productions with organizations and peoples at the national level.

Andres Tapia Arias

Andres Tapia Arias

Andrés Tapia is Political Advocacy Coordinator of CLACPI, former communication leader of the la Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana CONFENIAE for two periods 2016-2023, Co-founder and former Director of Radio La Voz de la CONFENIAE during the period 2019- 2023 as well as co-founder of the network of community communicators Lanceros Digitales.

David Hernandez Palmar

David Hernandez Palmar

David is a filmmaker, independent curator and film programmer with recognized experience in the Latin American region. He is also a photographer, journalist, researcher and producer of several audiovisual works that have portrayed the Wayuu world. He has co-directed films such as: “Owners of The Water”, “Wounmainkat“. With the short film “The Foreign Body“, World Premiere in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF and Winner of the First Prize at FICMAYAB (13th International Festival of Film and Communication of Indigenous Peoples), he began his career as a Film Producer. He is currently producer of “A son”, a first feature film project in development by Venezuelan filmmaker Héctor Silva Núñez; producer of “The Dusk of the Amazon” a documentary feature in production by Alvaro Sarmiento and Diego Sarmiento | Quechua, Perú); co-director with Marbel Vanegas | Wayuu Jusayu, Colombia, of “Searching for the marks of the Asho´ojushi”, a documentary feature film project in late stage of production.

Other positions David holds: Ambassador, Residency & Emerging Filmmakers Program Coordinator at If Not Us Then Who? / Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Film specializing in Indigenous Film / Member of the Wayuu People Communications Network / Director of the Indigenous Audiovisual Foundation Wayaakua / Curator and Programmer of the Wayuu Film and Video Showcase / Curator and Programmer of the International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuela MICIV / Former Advisor for special selection NATIVe of the Berlinale International Film Festival / Former Political Advisor for CLACPI / Member of The Indigenous media2023 and Communication Caucus / Member of the Programmers of Color Collective POC.

Local Organizers


Amalia Córdova, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Emily Uruchima, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York Public Library & Water Protector Legal Collective

Angela Carreño, NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Eric Silberberg, Queens College, City University of New York

Sandy Enríquez, University of California, Riverside

David Scheckel, The Graduate Center, City University of New York