Kalafatic (Quechua/Spanish/Croatian) is a community
development and international policy consultant whose focus is
on indigenous peoples, food and agriculture. She has worked with
tribes and Native villages in the U.S. and Latin America and recently
was the coordinating lead author of a policy development paper
for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
For eight years Kalafatic coordinated the UN Liaison Office and
the Right to Food Program of the International Indian Treaty Council.
She served as coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples' Caucus of
the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and has worked
with Mayan organizations in Guatemala to coordinate the global
Indigenous Peoples' Consultation on the Right to Food and Food
Security. She produced the first "Indigenous Peoples' Bulletin
on the Right to Food" in 2004. For six years Kalafatic was
the Film and Video Center's Latin American Program coordinator,
and produced the 2002 NMAI national video tour Ojo del Condor/Eye
of the Condor. She is currently editing an internet "book"
on Alaska Native traditional healing.
"I try and keep any type of judgements I might have about
the videos in the context of 'What access do the local people
therethe media makers-have to other ways of seeing,
other ways of thinking?' I look for something that speaks from
that expresses something that no other
filmmaker could express or no other people could express."
Carol Kalafatic - photograph by Tim Warner