Sunday, June 18: 1 PM – 5 PM

This workshop is free and open to young filmmakers ages 19 – 35 with priority given to traditionally media-marginalized populations. Write us at for more info and sign up.

Mainstream media is one of the main tools that the ruling elite use to divide, mislead and repress people’s movements for change. As filmmakers and activists, we need to create films that truly represent the aspirations of the community. What are ways we can ensure that we reflect their voices, their demands, and their resistance? How can we genuinely work with the people to create films that can support their struggle?

This workshop is open to filmmakers of all levels who are looking to make films for their communities or campaigns. The workshop will have activities to learn and share some interviewing and editing methods that involve the subjects of the film.

This workshop is part of “ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary” summer series.


Hiyasmin Saturay was born and raised in the Philippines. Her family was forced to move to the Netherlands as refugees when the Philippine military targeted her family for organizing against a mining company trying to gain access to their island of Mindoro. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her connection to her roots in the Philippines motivated her to create Pangandoy: The Manobo fight for land, education and their future, a film about indigenous schools in the Philippines. She currently works as a worker organizer with the Filipino Migrant Center, a non-profit organization serving the low income Filipino community in Southern California.

ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary

Political documentary films take on a renewed role amid a reinvigorated rage against immigrants, refugees, and people of color in many places around the world. Through politically engaged cinematic work, many filmmakers are confronting old and new forms of racism, the deepening ungrievability of Black and Brown lives, and precarious realities faced by minority communities including indigenous peoples, the elderly, refugees, women and children. ACTION! series: Cinema as Sanctuaryfeatures political documentary films that re-assert the images and stories that remind us that a compassionate world rooted upon solidarity, friendship, and collective action is possible.

Curated by Nerve Macaspac of the Echo Park Film Center (EPFC), with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nerve is an award-winning filmmaker and a PhD candidate at UCLA Geography Department. His research focuses on community-led spatial strategies in protecting vulnerable civilian lives.

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