Lorena Manriquez

Lorena Manriquez

Independent Filmmaker

Other Roles: Director, Producer

Areas of Focus: Documentaries, Foreign Films

Biography

Lorena Manríquez is an award-winning independent filmmaker and president of Andes Media, LLC. Her love of film was nurtured at an early age as she watched Spanish and French films in Santiago, Chile, where she was born and raised. She has been the recipient of a number of film industry fellowships, including the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Latino Producers Academy, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the NBPC New Media Institute, the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Rough Cut Lab, and the Firelight Media Documentary Lab. Her first feature documentary, Ulises’ Odyssey (2014) broadcast on PBS WTTW in 2015, and screened in festivals, museums, and universities in the United States, Europe and Latin America. It was selected for several media markets including Sunny Side of the Doc, Latin Side of the Doc, IFP Film Week, Visions du Réel, and the Latino Media Market. Lorena is currently in post-production with her new documentary Siqueiros: Walls of Passion, which was awarded a California Documentary Project grants by Cal Humanities, ITVS Diversity Development Fund and Open Call, Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media Funds, and Firelight Media Next Step Fund. She is a co-producer of Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype (2012). She has directed and produced two short documentaries for Field of Vision: Hopewell (2016), featured in The New Yorker magazine website, and Here I’ll Stay (2017) for the ‘Our 100 Days’ documentary series in partnership with Firelight Media.

Films

Ulises' Odyssey (2014)

Role: Director

Chilean filmmaker Lorena Manríquez embarks on a journey to search for the truth behind a 30-year rift between her father and her uncle Ulises. The two brothers were on opposite sides in the 1973 military coup that brought General Pinochet to power in Chile and Ulises to exile in Switzerland. Through the revelation of family secrets, Manríquez exposes the recent history of Chile, her country’s painful memory, and the desire to reconcile it.

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Hopewell (2016)

Role: Director

Only 6 days prior to the US election, Hopewell Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi was burned and vandalized with “Vote Trump” graffiti.

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Here I'll Stay (2017)

Role: Director

In Jackson, Mississippi, a coalition of Latino, black, and white activists known as MIRA (Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance) confronts local lawmakers, who introduced 12 anti-immigrant bills into the state legislature in 2017. Among those protesting in the state’s capital: 13-year-old Yizel, whose parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.
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Our 100 Days is a partnership between Firelight Media and Field of Vision that aims to tell stories from the perspective of vulnerable communities and explore threats to U.S. democracy in this current, polarized political climate. New episodes, each from filmmakers of color, will be released by Firelight Media and Field of Vision and distributed by Kinja.

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