Announcing the 2012 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award Winner and Finalists!

With great pride, HBO and NALIP announce this year's HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award winner and finalists. Social change has been at the core of HBO's critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary programs, with a myriad of issues presented in uncompromising quality and honesty. A long-term sponsor of NALIP, HBO created in 2009 this $10,000 cash award for Latino filmmakers to focus its lens on the Latino experience. With this award HBO supports the growth of social commentary by Latino documentarians. Films were judged based on the uniqueness of their topic/subject matter, the professional quality of the film, and the structure, tone and style planned for presenting the topic to an audience.

Out of the many high quality submissions this year, a winner and two finalists were selected by a panel of professional filmmakers and the HBO Documentary Films executives:


Justice For My Sister
Kimberly Bautista (LPA 2010, LAMP 2010, LMM 2010), Producer and Director

This is a David versus Goliath story: a film about the unstoppable determination of one woman to see that her sister’s murder does not go unpunished. Adela, 27, left home for work one day and never returned. Her ex-boyfriend beat her until she was unrecognizable and left her at the side of the road. Determined to see that Adela's killer is held accountable, her sister Rebeca, 34, takes on Guatemala's notoriously corrupt legal system. Completely transformed by her three-year fight, Rebeca emerges as a leader in her rural community with a message for others: justice is possible.

The film's violence prevention campaign has resulted in the formation of a youth-led outreach team with chapters in Guatemala and Los Angeles, a text-messaging service in Guatemala, and over 150 screenings throughout Guatemala (including at the National Palace). The film has also been screened at events co-hosted by the Central American Consulates of Los Angeles, LAPD, East Los Angeles Women's Center, Interface Children and Family Services, USC, among others.


Rodrigo Reyes, Producer and Director
Hugo Perez (Estela Award Winner 2009, LPA 2008), Executive Producer
Inti Cordera, Co-Producer

Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine what the world was like long ago, when borders did not exist. Using a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US-Mexico border, director Rodrigo Reyes reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities we have brought into the world.

With the support of IMCINE-FOPROCINE and IFP Film Labs

The Gospel of Camilo Torres
Diego Briceño, Producer and Director

Hidden away in the national film archives of his home country, filmmaker Diego Briceño discovers a 10-minute filmed interview with Father Camilo Torres, a controversial Colombian figure of the 60's, who marked the history of the continent. Diego embarks on a journey to piece together the lost memory of this radical priest by collecting stories and images from Father Camilo's followers and detractors. The Gospel of Camilo is a personal film set against the origins of Liberation Theology, a movement of revolutionary priests in Latin America. By reconnecting the lost memory of this little-known period of recent history, we realize the significance of this radical interpretation of the Gospels both for warmongers and pacifists today.