Maria Agui Carter
María Agui Carter is an independent filmmaker in Massachusetts. Born in Ecuador, she graduated from Harvard University in 1987 and started working at Boston’s flagship public television station WGBH in 1989. She produced and directed numerous documentaries for WGBH’s long-running Latino series LA PLAZA on subjects ranging from folk healers in the Latino community (The Other Doctors) to the resurgence of modern tango dancing (Tango: Duel and Dance). In 2000, she founded Iguana Films.
Ms. Agui Carter’s film The Devil’s Music, an hour-long historical documentary about the race and class issues inherent in early censorship of Jazz music aired in 2000 on national, prime-time PBS, as part of CULTURE SHOCK, a series she helped develop. Agui Carter wrote, produced, and directed two series of short films for the college educational market on Latin American culture filmed in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic, among other Latin countries.
In 2001 she was appointed an Associate Fellow at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, while producing and directing segments for Roundtable Media for a three part PBS series on access to college for underprivileged kids called COLLEGE TRACK. She was a 2002-3 Warren Fellow at Harvard’s History Dept. and a 2003 -4 Rockefeller Fellow at Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies.
She is currently completing Rebel, a historical detective film about a Latina woman soldier of the American Civil War.
Agui Carter has published numerous articles about film and Latino history and lectures on film and Latino history. She acts as a consulting producer and scriptwriter to independent filmmakers. Her latest script is for a new NetFlix documentary on the image of Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Agui Carter is founder of the Boston chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the President of the Filmmaker’s Collaborative. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild and a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center.