Anayansi's projects have received support from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Media Fellowship, Ford Foundation - Just Films, Creative Capital, Independent Television Services (ITVS), Latino Public Broadcasting, The Pacific Pioneer Fund, The Paul Robeson Media Fund, The Fledgling Fund, Chicken and Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute and the U.S. Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.
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An award-winning documentary filmmaker and instructor, Anayansi Prado was born in Panama and moved to the United States as a teenager. She attended Boston University where she received a B.A. in Film. Her debut film Maid in America, an award winning documentary about the lives of Latina domestic workers in Los Angeles, screened nationally on the PBS Independent Lens series (2005-06).
Her second production, Children in No Man’s Land about unaccompanied minors crossing the US/Mexico border broadcast nationally on PBS World Channel and is part of the State Department’s American Documentary Showcase. Children in No Man's Land has screened in over 30 countries around the world and has won multiple awards including Best Film by the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research. Anayansi also served as an executive producer on the Discovery en Español series Voces de Cambio, about humanitarian issues in the Latino community, which featured Carlos Santana and Edward James Olmos.
Her third documentary, Paraiso for sale about an island in Panama and the impact that the migration of American retirees and developers is having on the local indigenous community was broadcast nationally on PBS (2011-present). The film has received numerous film festival awards and earned a 2012 Imagen Award nomination for Best Documentary, TV or Film.
Anayansi is currently a Visiting Professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television where she teaches Advanced Documentary Directing in the graduate school program. She's also worked as an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge, Journalism Department and at Chapman University's Dodge School of Film & Media Arts. As an instructor she also works on a regular basis with the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to bring documentary filmmaking production and photography training to aspiring filmmakers in developing countries. She’s taught workshops and conducted presentations in China, Jordan, Mozambique, Burma, Angola, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, Bosnia, Singapore, Panama and Paraguay. For the past seven years, Prado has served as an Film Expert for the State Department’s film diplomacy program The American Film Showcase.
In 2008, Anayansi Prado and Elease Lui co-founded Impacto Project, a non-profit program dedicated to bringing visual arts and digital media training to youth in the US and abroad as tools for empowerment, archival of their own cultures and personal history. Prior to that, in 2000 Prado founded Impacto Films, a production company geared toward the production of documentaries with a social impact.
When not traveling for work, Anayansi calls Los Angeles, CA home where she resides with her two pups Sophie & Hugo.