50+ Years of International Film Making

Film Making in Chile, 1970.

Nina Serrano’s film making started with experimental 8 mm movie making in San Francisco the late 1960s. In 1968 she worked as researcher, sound technician and production assistant for the documentary film Fidel.

In 1970 worked as co director in Chile on the film  What is to be Done/Que Hacer? filmed during the Allende election campaign. She received the Venice Film Festival prize for directing for this work along with Saul Landau and Raul Ruiz.

In 1976, she produced La Cantata de Santa Maria de Iquique with Humberto Martinez for Community Arts Workshop Open Studio and KQED. The Cantata de Santa Maria de Iquique is a narrative vocal composition with instrumental accompaniment recorded by the Chilean group Quilapayun on Paredon Records, USA. It describes a famous historic Chilean Labor struggle.

In 1979 she wrote and produced After the Earthquake/Despues del terremoto with Lourdes Portillo, a dramatic film set in the San Francisco barrio. The work received the Krakow International Short Film Festival prize and was aired on US television widely.

Next in 1983 was Back from Nicaragua made with her daughter Valerie Landau, and Julio Moline with KTEH TV which was aired on public TV nationally.

She is currently working on a video project with Andres Alegria and others about their radio work in the 1970s with Communicacion Aztlan, the first Latino radio collective.

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 or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on 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, or visit for more details.

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The Mission Story Video

Reviewing the past reveals its relevance The Mission Story is about my arrival in the barrio in 1961 when I first began gathering impressions that became the setting for my historical novel, Nicaragua Way which is set in the Mission district of San Francisco … Continue reading

The Play “The Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg” Is Now a Book.

The Script: From Writing Though Production The Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg is a play I wrote in 1976 with Paul Richards and Judith Binder. The Rosenbergs were an American Jewish leftist couple caught up in the famous “Atomic spies case” of … Continue reading

Nina Serrano Tribute to Ralph Maradiaga

Nina Serrano at Lunada Literary Lounge October 8, 2014 On October 8, 2014 Nina Serrano participated in the Lunada Literary Lounge at the Galería de la Raza in San Francisco. She talked about Ralph Maradiaga and read her poem to … Continue reading


Radio for the Community Literary Dialogs with Nina  Serrano Interviews Fabulous Writers and Poets Radio programs I love tell the truth, and bring you fresh ideas and poetry, not content bought, sold and regurgitated on the air waves. I feature … Continue reading

Love Passed Over Us Like a Cloud

A Valentine Poem: Love Passed Over Us Like a Cloud Love Passed Over Us Like a Cloud from Nina Serrano on Vimeo. “Love Passed Over Us Like a Cloud” is the first offering in my new Short Poem Video Series. … Continue reading

Little Prince of the Andes, Interview with Tupac Saavedra, Part 2

Tupac Tells About Filming “Little Prince of the Andes” A few years ago Tupac learned of a theater program in La Paz where a teacher brought street children into his home, training them to explore their situation through theatre games … Continue reading

The Little Prince of the Andes, Interview with Tupac Saavedra, Part 1

Drama Therapy Brings Refuge for Homeless Children in Bolivia The “Little Prince of the Andes” is the latest theater production of a group of homeless children in La Paz, Bolivia, who experience prostitution and drugs on the harsh sidewalks of … Continue reading

“Back From Nicaragua” (1984)

Hear Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Joan Baez, Reverend Don Chase and the Looters   In October, 1983, my daughter Valerie Landau and I decided to make “Back from Nicaragua” upon hearing the news of the US invasion of the tiny … Continue reading

My Life in Radio

Fifty Years of Radio for the Community My radio work began in 1961 when during my first morning in California, I heard KPFA-FM, 94.1 Free Speech Radio (Pacifica Network) and immediately began producing drama and literature, children’s and public affairs programs. I … Continue reading

Drama: A Life in the Theatre

Drama: A Life in the Theatre Drama for me began with my childhood love of performing on stage. As a young adult I taught creative dramatics in schools and community centers. I incorporated theatre into my social and cultural activism. … Continue reading