Leonarda Mex (Maya) works for the Programa Educativo
Visual in Mérida, Yucatán, México. In 2005
she received the Premio Estatal de la Juventud Maya from the state
of Yucatán, given to young people whose work has strengthened
Mayan culture and communities. Mex is the co-director and screenwriter
of the documentary Kmootsi' loobil in kaajal/ The Ancient Roots
of My Town, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2005
Festival Regional de Geografía Suaves in Mérida.
She has trained in video production in workshops given by the
Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas.
Mex, who speaks Mayan fluently, has worked for nine years as a
radio host and producer for La Voz del Niño Maya/The
Voice of the Mayan Child in her hometown of San Antonio Sodzil,
Yucatán. She has also been a consultant for Radio XEPET
in Peto, Yucatán. Mex received her BA in socioeconomics
and business administration from the Colegio de Bachilleres del
Estado de Yucatán Plantel Sacalum in Sacalum, Yucatán.
"In the future I would like to continue with documentary
projects, in order to continue promoting the cultural wealth of
the Yucatán and to persuade new generations to continue
with this work."
Screened by NMAI
Image credit: María
Leonarda Mex - courtesy of Centro de Video Indígena Yucatán