Monika Navarro


Monika Navarro's debut documentary Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) aired on the 2009/10 season of the PBS series Independent Lens. The immigration debate turned personal for Monika when her uncles Augie and Gino were deported to Mexico. The inquiry and personal journey uncovers things she wasn't aware of before and is more insidious than immigration policy: addiction. She developed and produced her film as a Filmmaker-in-Residence at WGBH, and was awarded Best Director for Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) at the 2009 Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza. She has received support from ITVS, Latino Public Broadcasting, the LEF Moving Image Fund, Cal Humanities, among other funders. A member of the National Association of Latino Producers (NALIP), Monika was a fellow at the 2013 CPB/PBS Producers Academy and the 2011 NALIP Producer's Academy. Recently she was Associate Producer for the PBS series The Latino Americans. In 2011 Monika volunteered in partnership with ArtCorps and Cultural Survival with the Guatemala Radio Project, producing training videos and television spots, and leading storytelling workshops for the indigenous radio volunteers. She has blogged about contemporary art for Art:21, and was the festival coordinator for the 2005 Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Video and Film Festival. Monika attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.

Project : Marked For Life