Monica Wise

Monica Wise

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I’m a freelance Colombian American documentary filmmaker and video journalist focusing on women, identity, and human rights. I moved to Mexico to cover these topics in Latin America. As a daughter of the immigrant diaspora, I find my work focusing on identity and the intersections between movements. I seek to tell visual, intimate stories of resistance that span borders while highlighting feminist, LGBTI, and indigenous narratives. I believe these underreported narratives have the strength to change the future of a region which has shaped my own conscience. I also think that if anyone can change the conscience of Mexico, it could be an indigenous woman.

My work has been featured in the Guardian, the Atlantic, TeleSUR,  AJ+, PBS, History Now, and NBC Latino. My clients include: UNESCO, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, RedBull, Soil Haiti, and Spotify. I worked as a producer and cinematographer on "The New Deciders," a PBS documentary special with the award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. I also produced and edited Guatemalan courtroom testimonies with Pamela Yates/Skylight Pictures where Mayan genocide victims demanded justice for their past, and helped to produce their feature documentary “500 Years,” chronicling the continued indigenous resistance in Guatemala, which premiered at Sundance 2017.

I work in TV, News, and Documentary production in a variety of roles and am available as a camerawoman, producer, or fixer. You can find my full portfolio here:

I’m a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and have produced work from Haiti, Cuba, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. I was recently selected for the International Women's Media Foundation Adelante cross-border reporting fellowship in Central America, and also UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program workshop for independent filmmakers.
I am currently working on a documentary series about female leaders in resistance, another about feminisms in perreo/Latin American women in urban music, as well as two documentaries uncovering unsolved human rights cases in Guatemala and Mexico. Reach out if you’re interested -- I am looking for an EP and another editor.

I’m happy to announce I’ve been selected for @TakeLeadWomen’s 50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment initiative. We’re closing the #gendergap in Hollywood and creating a new blueprint for the industry. #50WomenCan

Mónica Wise es una documentalista y periodista Colombiana Americana basada en la ciudad de México. Su trabajo ha sido publicado en The Atlantic, TeleSUR, OZY, AJ+, MSNBC, PBS, History Now y NBC Latino, y se enfoca en historias íntimas de resistencia feminista, LGBTI, indígena y migrante.

Mónica trabajó en “500 Años” un documental de Pamela Yates/Skylight Pictures sobre la resistencia indígena en Guatemala, estrenado en Sundance Film Festival 2017. También fue productora y camarógrafa en “The New Deciders,” un documental para PBS con Maria Hinojosa. Ha producido y editado parte de la serie “Dictador en el Banquillo,” que muestra los testimonios de sobrevivientes del genocidio de los Maya Ixil en Guatemala durante el juicio contra el general Ríos Montt. Mónica se graduó de Sarah Lawrence College y también ha producido documentales en Haití, Cuba, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Colombia y México.