Cristina Ibarra is a Chicana filmmaker who has been making award-winning independent films that explore the US-Mexico border for the past fourteen years. To Ibarra the border is not only a subject – it is home. She was raised in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Her new documentary, Las Marthas, premieres on Independent Lens this year. The New York Times calls it a “striking alternative portrait of border life.” Her PBS documentary The Last Conquistador had a national broadcast on POV. USA Today called the film “Heroic”. Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela, her first short fiction, won multiple awards at festivals, including Best Short Fiction, the Audience Award, and the Jury Award, and was broadcast nationwide on PBS. Since then, Ibarra has created short interstitials for the New York International Latino Film Festival, Latino Public Broadcasting and with the Latina interdisciplinary collective fulana.org.
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