1997, Marcelina Cárdenas Sausa
(Quechua) has been active as video producer, community
radio reporter, and member of the award-winning grassroots organization
Indigenous People's Audiovisual Communication of Bolivia (CAIB).
She was a selector for the 2003 Native American Film and Video
Festival. Her first feature Lanthupi Munakuy had its
U.S. premiere during NMAI's 2002 video tour Ojo del Cóndor/Eye
of the Condor. During the tour CAIB and the related organization
CEFREC won the Taos Mountain Award for Lifetime Achievement at
the Taos Talking Pictures Festival. Cárdenas graduated
from Potosi's Universidad Autónoma Tomás Frías,
where she studied linguistics with a special emphasis in Quechua.
She is also a community activist, working with women's groups
in her community of CK'ochas to promote training in agriculture,
health, literacy, and community organizing.
"I devote myself to community radio and audiovisual communicationsuch
as indigenous videoin order to inform, rescue and reflect
on cultural values; to strengthen the identity of indigenous peoples
and achieve a more just and egalitarian society. In this field
I am most interested on working on indigenous women's rights and
on integrating more women into communications. I am also interested
in searching for unity amongst different peoples."
Screened by NMAI
Marcelina Cárdenas at the 2003 Native American
Film and Video Festival selector's meeting - photograph by Amalia
Cordova, NMAI; Production shot - courtesy of CEFREC/CAIB