Pilar is a filmmaker and producer based in Durham, North Carolina. She is co-directing and producing SANTUARIO (w/ Christine Delp), a documentary short about Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, a Guatemalan grandmother facing deportation who takes sanctuary in a North Carolina church. SANTUARIO was the winner of the Best Documentary Short Jury Prize at New Orleans Film Festival 2018. Her film projects have been supported by Tribeca Film Institute, Women in Film / Stella Artois Finishing Fund, Southern Documentary Fund, the Fledgling Fund, and others. She is also currently producing THE LAST PARTERA, a film about traditional midwifery in Costa Rica (dir. Victoria Bouloubasis and Ned Phillips). Her work has been featured on various media outlets including The Atlantic Selects, Sojourners, Scientific American and elsewhere. Pilar holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree from Duke University Divinity School. Her work has focused on women’s stories, immigration, and religious communities, with the aim of using storytelling for social change.
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