Kimberly Bautista's 'Justice For My Sister' Wins Best Documentary at LALIFF



Director, producer and NALIP member Kimberly Bautista (2012 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award Winner, LPA 2010) won Best Documentary at the 2013 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival for her film Justice For My Sister. The feature documentary is about domestic violence murder and the one Guatemalan woman's determination to hold her sister's killer accountable.

The film was greeted by a packed house, standing ovation, and lively Q&A, where Kimberly was joined on stage with her editor Michael X. Flores and the film's advocacy team, the Justice for my Sister Collective. Attendees included funders Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), sponsors National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), community partners Peace Over Violence, and East Los Angeles Women's Center promotoras (health promoters) - who were sponsored by Supervisor Gloria Molina's Office to attend. Special guests included representatives from the Mexican Consulate, UN Women, and Chime for Change.

The jury unanimously voted for Justice for my Sister, as it shows the strength and resilience of the human spirit, and touched each of the jury members personally. 

Touched personally by the issue of gender-based violence and inspired by the fearlessness of her main character Rebeca, Kimberly decided to launch a nationwide violence prevention campaign in Guatemala with the support of an advocacy team. The campaign consists of training the trainer, community screenings with violence prevention and healthy relationships workshops, and a text messaging campaign - launched with Freedom Connect - to connect audiences to services. These initiatives and more are being replicated in Los Angeles, and soon throughout Latin America and target cities in the U.S., with the support of Embassies, Movies That Matter Foundation, UN Women, and others. 

This is the third jury prize that Justice For My Sister has won at a festival, the others being: 
- Movies That Matter Festival, Holland, “Camera Justitia” Jury Prize, March 2013  
- Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos de Sucre, Bolivia,  "Pukañawi 2013/Ojo Latinoamericano”Jury Prize, July 2013  

Other awards for the film: 
- Inaugural Young Alumni Achievement Award for Commitment to Promoting International  Domestic Violence Prevention Through Use of Media, Pitzer College, 2013  
- Winner of the 2012 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award  
- 2012 Cornelian Award “Alumna of the Year” from Mayfield Senior School  
- First Place Winner, Cuban Hat Transmedia Pitch, Sunny Side of the Doc, France, 2012  

Currently Justice For My Sister is being considered for the prestigious Japan Prize with Japan's Public television network, NHK.

For more information about the film visit www.justiceformysister.com