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No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance, featuring Muhammad Yunus

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Uploaded on Apr 10, 2007

Buy full DVD version, 54 minutes, by request at mareaproductions@gmail.com
"No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance" is a
documentary shot in HD format using the new Panasonic 200 DVCPROHD. We
follow three indigenous women from the highlands into the village of
Nachij, stepping deep into their lives and showing how with a small
amount of credit they turn dire circumstance into a well of human
empowerment that reaches far beyond any regional boundary. Using Nobel
Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunas' microfinancing formula, a local
micro credit organization finds clients who have been forgotten and
would otherwise not be able to get a loan, and puts their trustand
money in their hands. From an ancient Mayan culture, the women have
learned to manage in the modern world by using the money from the
loans to start their own businesses, which becomes the sustaining
power of their families. The friendships and family relations within
the social groups change and become
stronger as women helping women not only saves the lives of their
families, but entire villages.

Produced and directed by Melissa Eidson, who taught English and Drama
in high schools in Harlem and Brooklyn and then at Pratt Institute in
New York City. She got into making independent films after working
with Mexican and American filmmakers in Mexico, where she has lived
with her daughter for the past 6 years. Eidson also had several films
at Cannes recently, including El Barrio at the Short Film Corner of
the market 2006 and she played the nurse in the movie "Battle in
Heaven" in competition at the Official Selection of Cannes 2005. Most
recently she scooped up the Best International Documentary Award for
El Barrio at the LA portion of the New York International Independent
Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) and the Founder's Choice
Award for best feature documentary at NYIIFVF in New York City this
past November. El Barrio was also selected for the Berlin Film festival which
was screened with a group of films from Latin America. "Antzetik
Nachij", The Women of Chiapas, has a running time of 60 minutes.

Cast:
Lorenza Hernandez Perez
Josefina Patricia Vazquez Hernandez
Micaela Garcia Jimenez
Maria Veronica Sanchez Perez
Women of Nachij
Pilar Garcia Quintana
AlSol field workers


Crew:
Director................................­..........Melissa Eidson
Director of Photography...................Ty Roberts
Producer................................­........Melissa Eidson
Production Assistant...............Antonio Lopez Vega
Editors.................................­..........Laila Heiblum
Post production..........................Edua­rdo Fillipini
Translator..............................­...Flor Gomez Lopez
Women of Chiapas Theme.........Billy White

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