The Imagen Awards aims to recognize and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as to encourage and recognize the achievements of Latinos in the entertainment and communications industries. We are proud to announce that four LPB funded programs have been nominated for the Imagen Awards. Congratulations to all the producers! For the full list of nominations, please visit: www.imagen.org/awards/2012.
CLARA COMO EL AGUA
Producer: Fernanda Rossi
New Media/12 Minutes
CLARA COMO EL AGUA is a ten-minute short fiction film about the tales and half-truths that surround the origins of Clara, a light-skinned black girl with kinky, blond hair and gray eyes, who is incessantly teased by her dark-skinned peers; until she ventures into the magical waters of the bioluminescent bay to change her skin color and possibly herself.
Best Documentary for Film or Television
CRUZ REYNOSO: SOWING THE SEEDS OF JUSTICE
Producer: Abby Ginzberg
During his extraordinary life, Cruz Reynoso has been one of those rare individuals who are not only shaped by history, they make history. As a child of farm workers, Reynoso felt the sting of injustice, and later as a lawyer, and then the first Latino to sit on the California Supreme Court, he used his “justice bone” to eradicate discrimination and inequality in an effort to make the promise of the American dream a reality for all. CRUZ REYNOSO: SOWING THE SEEDS OF JUSTICE is a compelling portrait of one of America’s unsung heroes and the
turbulent times in which he lived.
IMMIGRANT NATION!: THE BATTLE FOR THE DREAM
Producer: Esau Melendez
A feature documentary film about the modern immigrant rights movement. In particular, it is the story of the struggle of Elvira Arellano, a single mother from Chicago, who fought her deportation. The film also interweaves the stories of individuals, organizations, activists and community leaders united by passion and a concern for justice. This film illustrates the opposition to the controversial HR4437 immigration bill as well as the ongoing struggle and demand for comprehensive immigration reform.
PARAISO FOR SALE
Director: Anayansi Prado
Filmmaker, Anayansi Prado, returns to her homeland to document the effects the fast-growing migration of American retirees and developers to Bocas del Toro is having on the local community. PARAISO FOR SALE explores issues of modern day colonialism, residential tourism and global gentrification and reveals that migration between Latin America and the US is not just a one-way street.