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María Teresa Rodríguez

Producer/Director María Teresa Rodríguez’ work often centers on untold stories of Latinos in the Americas whose experiences reflect a larger socio-political reality. She recently finished the ITVS, LPB & Sundance funded documentary Niños de la Memoria/Children of Memory with Producer Kathryn Smith Pyle. The film, which received a LASA Award of Merit, is currently on the festival circuit. Her previous work includes Mirror Dance/La Danza del Espejo (with Frances McElroy), which was broadcast on the PBS Series Independent Lens, received a LASA Award of Merit, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, a First Place for Television Documentary award from the Society of Professional Journalists (Philadelphia Chapter) and was an Imagen Award Documentary Finalist. María worked with Vital Pictures and California Newsreel on the series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? which was broadcast nationally on PBS and received a 2009 duPont- Columbia Award in Television and Radio News, a 2009 Council on Foundations Henry Hampton Award and a 2009 Communication Award in TV/Radio/Film from the National Academies. She directed six half- hour programs on Literature and the Arts for the PBS educational series GEDConnection which premiered nationally in 2001 and was the 1997-1998 season producer of Conexion Latina, a weekly half-hour show focusing on issues of importance to the Latino community for Philadelphia’s WYBE-TV. Other work includes: From Here to There/De Aquí a Allá which received a First Place Award for Short Documentary at the XVII International Film Festival of Uruguay and Morningtide, which won 11 awards internationally. María is a the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation, which recognizes the work of women artists engaged in social change. (3/12)

Children of Memory (Niños de la Memoria)
A film by Kathryn Smith Pyle and María Teresa Rodríguez, 2012, 64 min., Color

Hundreds of children disappeared without a trace during the Salvadorian civil war. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Sa...

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