Al Jazeera Documentary Competition

Carmen Henríquez has produced, directed, shot and edited documentary, television and multimedia content internationally. As a co-principal of Vancouver based RealWorld Media Inc., Carmen's filmmaking interests are focused on themes of social, economic and environmental justice. Twenty Years of Silence, an intimate portrait of Carmen's family growing up under Chile's military dictatorship, was the filmmaker's first documentary in South America. Bilingual by her teens, Carmen's translating and interpreting skills took her to Canada and Japan before settling in Vancouver. Her most recent film, Cry of the Andes premiered at VLAFF 2010

Geminiano Pineda studied filmmaking at the Escuela Superior de Artes y Espectáculos de España, in Madrid. His first work in Mexican cinema was on the production team of Kilómetro 31 and Morirse en Domingo. Geminiano is the executive producer of CANANA, a production company of films, television series and documentaries funded by the Mexican actors Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, responsible for projects like Drama/Mex (VLAFF 2007) by Gerardo Naranjo, Déficit (VLAFF 2008) by Gael García Bernal, J.C. Chávez (VLAFF 2008), Abel (Cannes 2010 and VLAFF 2011) by Diego Luna and Post Mortem (Venice 2010 and VLAFF 2011) by Pablo larrain   

Yves J. Ma, Producer, NFB has been producing narrative and documentary films over the past 15 years and joined the National Film Board of Canada in 2008. His recent productions include Sturla Gunnarson's feature documentary, Force of Nature- the David Suzuki Movie, which won the 2010 Documentary Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as Scott Smith's Leo Award-nominated short documentary, Where Do I Start? He also coproduced the Vancouver International Film Festival Audience Award and Sundance Special Jury Prize winning feature drama, Eve & the Fire Horse. His work at the NFB involves working with documentary, drama, animation and interactive creators.