Born in Panama, Anayansi Prado is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose independent productions have been broadcast nationally on PBS. Her works include the documentaries Maid in America about Latina domestic workers in LA, Children in No Man’s Land about unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the US/Mexico border and Paraiso for Sale about American retirees migrating to Panama and the impact they have on the local indigenous community. Her latest documentary, The Unafraid, tells the story of undocumented students in Georgia – a state than bans them from attending their top public universities. The Unafraid premiered at the Full Frame Film festival where it was awarded the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Human Rights Award.
Anayansi is a Rockefeller Media Fellow, a Creative Capital Artist and has received support for her films from The MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Chicken and Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, amongst others. As a visiting professor, she’s taught courses on documentary filmmaking at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television Graduate School, California State University, Northridge, Journalism Department and at Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film & Media Arts. In 2008 Prado co-founded the non-profit Impacto Project which offered visual arts training to youths in developing countries.
Anayansi is a Film Expert for the State Department’s programs The American Documentary Showcase (2009-2011) and The American Film Showcase (2012-present) and has taught a variety of filmmaking workshops in Burma, France, Colombia, Venezuela, China, Angola, Mozambique, Jordan, Bosnia, & Paraguay. Anayansi holds a BS degree in Film from Boston University. She resides in Los Angeles, CA.