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LatinoBuzz: Kimberly Bautista and her ‘Justice For My Sister’ at LALIFF and Other Festival Winners

LatinoBuzz: Kimberly Bautista and her 'Justice For My Sister' at LALIFF and Other Festival Winners

During the last Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) director, producer and NALIP member Kimberly Bautista (2012 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award Winner, LPA 2010) won Best Documentary with Justice For My Sister.

The feature documentary deals with domestic violence, murder, and one Guatemalan woman’s determination to hold her sister’s killer accountable.

The film was presented to a packed house, it received a standing ovation, and was followed by a lively Q&A, where Kimberly was joined on stage by her editor Michael X. Flores and the
film’s advocacy team, the Justice for my Sister Collective. Attendees included funders Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), sponsors National Association of
Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), community partners Peace Over Violence, and East Los Angeles Women’s Center promotoras (health promoters) – who were
sponsored by Supervisor Gloria Molina’s Office to attend. Special guests included representatives from the Mexican Consulate, UN Women, and Chime for
Justice for my Sister was unanimously chosen as the winner by the jury, as it shows the strength and resilience of the human spirit, and touched each of the jury
members personally.
Affected herself by the issue of gender-based violence and inspired by the fearlessness of her main character Rebeca, Kimberly decided to launch a
nationwide violence prevention campaign in Guatemala with the support of an advocacy team. The campaign consists of community
screenings, violence prevention and healthy relationships workshops, and a text messaging campaign – launched with Freedom Connect – to connect
audiences to services. These initiatives and more are being replicated in Los Angeles, and soon throughout Latin America and target cities in the U.S.,
with the support of Embassies, Movies That Matter Foundation, UN Women, and others.
This is the third jury prize that Justice For My Sister has won at a festival, the others being:
– Movies That Matter Festival, Holland, “Camera Justitia” Jury Prize, March 2013
– Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos de Sucre, Bolivia
– “Pukañawi 2013/Ojo Latinoamericano”Jury Prize, July 2013
Other awards for the film:
– Inaugural Young Alumni Achievement Award for Commitment to Promoting International Domestic Violence Prevention Through Use of Media, Pitzer College,
– Winner of the 2012 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award
– 2012 Cornelian Award “Alumna of the Year” from Mayfield Senior School
– First Place Winner, Cuban Hat Transmedia Pitch, Sunny Side of the Doc, France, 2012
Currently Justice For My Sister is being considered for the prestigious Japan Prize with Japan’s Public television network, NHK.
For more information about the film visit HERE

Sydney Levine of SydneysBuzz also interviewed Kimberly Bautista HERE.

Here is  the complete list winners of the 16th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival:

Best Feature Film (RITA AWARD): Esther en Alguna ParteDirector: Gerardo Chijona, Country: Cuba

Best Documentary: Justice For My SisterDirector: Kimberly Bautista, Country: U.S./ Guatemala

Best Opera Prima: Princesas RojasDirector: Laura Astorga, Country: Costa Rica / Venezuela / Nicaragua

Honorable Mention: Water & PowerDirector: Richard Montoya, Country: U.S.

Best Short Film: El CocodriloDirector: Steve Acevedo, Country: U.S.

Audience Choice Award: PonchaoDirector: Josh Crook, Country: Dominican Republic

Best Director: Miriam Kruishoop for Greencard WarriorsCountry: U.S.

Best Script: Esther en Alguna ParteDirector: Gerardo Chijona, Country: Cuba

Honorable Mention: Amor CronicoDirector: Jorge Perugorria, Country: Cuba

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The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos and
independent producer Marlene Dermer. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse
visions by Latino filmmakers. To serve as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion of Latin films and filmmakers in the industry locally, nationally
& internationally. To develop audiences for such films and in the process bring awareness of the richness and diversity of Latin cultures, artistry and
countries through film, the most powerful medium in the world. A competitive festival with prizes, LALIFF serves as a venue where Latino filmmakers come together with industry buyers and distributors. LALIFF also
offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in tinsel town.

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