SKYLIGHT PICTURES’s new film “DISRUPTION” explores an avenue to social transformation that deserves to be better known: the potential for change propelled by womenʼs economic empowerment. “DISRUPTION” is a film by Producer Paco de Onís, Director Pamela Yates, and Editor Peter Kinoy.
Because poverty is not inevitable, it can vanish and must vanish. It’s the greatest scandal of our times.”
Latin America is a group of nations on the rise, yet income distribution in the region remains among the most unequal in the world. “DISRUPTION” takes place in South America where hundreds of millions live in dire circumstances and the poorest of the poor are women. It is the plight of women like these, multiplied by millions, which set a band of Latin American activist economists on a journey to develop new ideas to confront what they call “the scandal of inequality” on their continent.
“I donʼt know why there is wealth and poverty. Itʼs how the world became. The rich and the poor. I was about 5 year sold when I really starved. Some days we didn’t have anything to eat. That’s whyweʼre in such bad shape, because we’vebeen battered since childhood.”
María do Soccoro, Northeast Brazil
As a result the Latin American activist formed Fundación Capital (Winners of the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship), a group guided by the idea that the poor can save and build assets, use tablet computers to educate themselves, and access capital through crowdfunding and mobile banking. To take these innovative ideas to scale, the team at Fundación Capital partners with women marginalized by poverty as well as players in the public, private and social sectors, piggybacking on massive G2P programs (Government to People) like Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) to forge a path to sustainable financial inclusion. Programs like CCTs transfer cash to poor households, on the condition that they keep their children in school through secondary education, and take them to health clinics on a regular basis.
We need to understand that the cashtransfer program has allowed the creation of a social base, where women are leading a process of transformation. What good is savings or investing, if you are surrounded by conditions that don’t allow you to grow as a person and as a family.”
Any Benítez, Fundación Capital, Bogotá Colombia
At the heart of “DISRUPTION” are the stories of women who participate in Fundación Capitalʼs programs, discovering formerly untapped political and economic energy which propels many into active roles of civic participation. These innovative financial inclusion programs which “DISRUPTION” spotlights in Colombia, Peru, and Brazil, are now poised to spread to reach millions of women. If the model is taken to scale, can 20 million women upend a continent? And if they did, what would this mean for the potential of translating insights from the developing world to an international stage? “DISRUPTION” sets the stage for this potential paradigm shift.
“We women are no longer timid about saving. We know how to use the money we earn. We know how to save, how to invest.
Fidela Hanccoccallo, Peruvian Andes
Producer: Paco de Onís
Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual. He has just released “Granito” (world premiere at Sundance 2011), a documentary detective story focused on the role of filmic and archival documentation in the prosecution of a genocide case against Guatemalan generals, and launching Granito: Every Memory Matters, a companion transmedia project. He recently produced “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court” (world premiere Sundance 2009), accompanied by IJCentral, an interactive audience engagement initiative promoting global rule of law, developed at the BAVC Producerʼs Institute in 2008. Prior to that, he produced “State of Fear”, a Skylight Pictures film about Peruʼs 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Paco is a partner at Skylight Pictures, and previously produced documentaries for PBS (“On Our Own Terms” with Bill Moyers), National Geographic‘s (“Secrets from the Grave”), and a range of other programs. Before producing television documentaries, he created music festivals in South America & the Caribbean, renovated and operated an arts/performance theater in Miami Beach, (The Cameo Theater) and owned and operated a Spanish-style tapas tavern in a 500-year old colonial house in Cartagena, Colombia.
Director: Pamela Yates
Pamela Yates was born and raised in the Appalachian coal-mining region of Pennsylvania but ran away at the age of 16 to live in New York City. Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures, a company dedicated to creating films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi- year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change.
Yatesʼs films have spanned the globe geographically, covering a wide spectrum of human experience. She directed When the Mountains Tremble (the prequel to Granito) about a revolutionary moment in Guatemala, that won the Special Jury Prize at the first Sundance Film Festival. She also directed a trilogy of films Living Broke in Boom Times, an inside look at homeless activistsʼ movement to end poverty.
She is currently working on a quartet of films about transitional justice. The first, State of Fear based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth Commission, has been translated into 47 languages and broadcast in 154 countries. The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court is an international thriller about the possibilities and pitfalls facing humanityʼs quest for world justice; Granito the third film, revisits the subjects of her previous 1982 film “When the Mountains Tremble” after the film and all of its outtakes become forensic evidence in an international war crimes case. Part detective story, part memoir, “Granito” transports audiences through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and justice spanning four decades. Yates is also developing a sister transmedia project, “Granito : Every Memory Matters”
She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of her current film, “Granito”. She is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Yates is also the Executive Producer of the Academy Award winning “Witness to War”, the Producer of the Emmy Award winning “Loss of Innocence”, and the Overseas Press Club Award recipient for State of Fear.
Editor: Peter Kinoy
Emmy Nominated “Granito-How to Nail a Dictator” is the most recent in a long line of social justice documentaries for Producer/Editor Peter Kinoy. Three decades ago Kinoy founded Skylight Pictures with filmmaking partner and longtime collaborator Pamela Yates. Kinoy specializes in documentaries that let the audience feel part of exciting but unreported worlds. He produced and edited When the Mountains Tremble , the prequel to “Granito” about a revolutionary moment in Guatemala that won a Special Jury Prize at the first Sundance Film Festival. Takeover, the story of homeless activists illegally seizing houses was the first riveting doc in a trilogy about an underground anti-poverty movement in America that included “Poverty Outlaw” (Sundance-1997) and “Outriders” (PBS-1999). He pioneered self-documentation with small format cameras with “Teen Dreams”, a searing look at youth living on the edge (Sundance 1995). Kinoy took audiences deep into the criminal justice system with a PBS special “Presumed Guilty” about the trials and tribulations of Public Defenders. He edited the award winning “State of Fear” (Best reporting on Latin America, Overseas Press Club), and “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court”, (POV 2009) an international thriller about the possibilities and pitfalls facing humanityʼs quest for international justice.
Peter Kinoy has a passion for teaching and has mentored emerging filmmakers at City College of New York, Columbia University, Casa Comal in Guatemala, and at The International School of Film and Television in Cuba. He was a founder of The Media College of the University of the Poor here in the US. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Stories that illuminate.
Since founding Skylight in 1981, we have been committed to the advancement of human rights and social justice through media. We have told stories that explore and document a range of pathways to social change; from rebellion against a brutal military dictatorship in Guatemala (When the Mountains Tremble), to direct action movements by the poor in the U.S. (Takeover,Poverty Outlaw), to the role of new transitional justice mechanisms like truth commissions (State of Fear) and the International Criminal Court (The Reckoning), to the relationship of justice to social change (Granito: How to Nail a Dictator).We engage, educate and increase understanding of human rights using film & digital technology. For over 25 years Skylight has been committed to producing artistic, challenging and socially relevant documentary films on issues of human rights and the quest for justice. Whatever the medium, we believe that stories, and the people behind them, are paramount.
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