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Filmmaker Tells Story of Mexico's Indigenous Women Achieving Real Change

Cate Carrejo - Bustle
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March 16, 2016
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Historias Indigenas: Reporting on women's rights in rural Mexico (The Seattle Globalist)

At only 21 years old, Liliana Caracoza is already an award-winning documentarian. Her short film Historias Indigenous, which she conceived, organized, and fundraised herself, placed second in the Girls Impact The World International Film Festival, a prestigious contest with celebrity judges such as Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, and Christy Turlington. But for Caracoza, the prize was just the icing on the cake. What was really important to her making her documentary was the chance to witness the stories of indigenous Mexican women's struggles and share them with the world.

When she was just 11, Caracoza moved from Mexico to the United States, where she says she was a victim of abuse in her home. But she was able to reclaim her past trauma, and utilized it as inspiration to combat domestic violence on a global scale. "Growing up, I saw a lot of domestic violence in my house," she says. "I always wanted to do something regarding that, since it was something that I saw and I actually lived."

When Caracoza had the opportunity to do a reporting project through her journalism apprenticeship at The Seattle Globalist, she knew what her project needed to be. "Some people went out into the community [for their projects], but I knew that what I wanted to do was help women and do it abroad," Caracoza says. She ran a Kickstarter campaign, raised nearly $2,000, and embarked on a life-changing trip to make a documentary about the problems facing indigenous women in rural Mexico.

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