Carlos and Chema

I work with these two beautiful souls, Carlos and Chema. Both are from San Juan la Laguna and are proud of their heritage. Carlos, the youngest of 11 siblings, is actually Chema’s uncle. These two could not be more different, but I end up spending a lot of time with just the two of them in our work with Unlocking Silent Histories and we always have a blast. Working with Carlos and Chema, among other indigenous youth, to create documentaries that tell their stories from their perspectives is the most fulfilling work I’ve ever been a part of. They’re a constant source of inspiration.



What I’ve been working on: a little documentary profile of Rebecca, a Swedish musician in Guatemala. Coming soon!



“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

~Robin Williams


My theme song for today – give it a listen!



 She carries news travels by rainbow,
bearer of peace with a message for all,

today you’ll dance, you’ll share each other,
elders will stumble, the babies will crawl.

Put down your weapons, put down your chosen ones,
put on your best clothes, stand straight and tall.

Don’t give up on your desire, I can understand your thirst,
Put another one before you, help someone else first.

Today is a day for someone else,
today is a day for someone else,
today is a day for someone else,
this moment is yours
and you can give it to someone else.

Put down your weapons, put down your chosen ones,
leave expectations at the door,
you are your brother,
you are your sister,
communication, start giving more,

Don’t stop believing,
continue to give praise,
your exaltation is a good thing,
just take those teachings,
the ones of light of celebration,
and start to sing.


“I always encourage smart, idealistic people to just go for it!”

~Anita Smart, Executive Director of Natik