Film and Video: Actor, Director, Producer, Writer
I have worked in film and video as an actor, director, producer, and writer. In 1968, while in Cuba assisting with a documentary film about Fidel Castro, I met Roque Dalton, the Salvadoran writer, then a fugitive in exile in Cuba. Together we wrote a TV drama that was produced for Cuban television.
In the thirty years since 1968, I continued to work on many film/TV projects as part of my activist life as a poet and writer. I co-produced both drama and public affairs programs for KQED’s “Open Studio.” I wrote the narration for an Oscar nominated documentary as well as writing, producing and winning international prizes for films about Chile (Que Hacer/What Is To Be Done), Nicaragua (Back from Nicaragua), and San Francisco (Después del Terremoto / After the Earthquake).
In 2009, I wrote an 18 episode telenovela or “soap opera” about four immigrant women in the USA trying to set up their own small businesses. This built on my earlier involvement in women-centered films that began with “Despues del Terremoto /After the Earthquake” in the late 70’s.
Most recently in 2011, I returned to Cuba to work on a soon-to-be-released project that relates to how my film work began. Austrian filmmaker Tina Leisch interviewed Nina extensively about her work with Roque Dalton in the late 1960’s. Dalton was assassinated in 1975 in El Salvador and is now the national poet of El Salvador.
Currently, I am working with my granddaughter, videographer, Nicole Landau on a short poetry video of my poems.
About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.comor contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Ninaon her website.
About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit estuarypress.com for more details.
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