Daniela Valero

I graduated with a degree in political science from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. There I worked as a social researcher for four years for projects related to historical memory, armed conflict, reconciliation and transitional justice at Cifras & Conceptos S.A. Additionally, provided support to the generation of proposals and projects related to the same topics, and the development of one of the chapters of the book Basta Ya, Colombia memorias de guerra y dignidad. (No More, Colombia memories of war and dignity), from the Colombian Historical Memory Group. During this period of time, I also made a short documentary, Nacho’s Path, that recieved a Honorable Mention in 2011 Waste pickers and Recyclers Project Social Documentary Competition, and was part of the official selection at the IX Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes y Escuelas de Cine El Espejo (IX International Festival of Short Films and Film School The Mirror).

One year ago I decided it was time for a change of scenery, so I move to New York and enrolled in the Certificate of Documentary Studies and later into the MA in Media Studies to learn how to make and use documentaries to uncover the stories that remain hidden in remote and conflicted places, and get people involved and aware of the reality.

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