Stories that Illuminate

For over 30 years, Skylight has been committed to producing artistic, challenging and socially relevant media to strengthen human rights and the quest for justice. Through the use of media, technology and digital tools, we seek to engage, educate and increase understanding of human rights and social justice amongst the public at large, educators, and  policy makers.

Skylight is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

How we work

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Whether it’s a film, digital platform, mobile tool, print article, educational workshop or a documentary screening kit, it’s the story which is paramount to Skylight.

At Skylight we don’t simply tell stories about human rights – we engage people in activism to promote international human rights.  (Watch our Skylight 30 Years video to see more)

We create media with people; collaborating with community leaders, grassroots organizations, and NGO’s to create media that tells their stories, and strengthens their efforts.

We show with pathways forward by not only documenting the plight, but also the fight. We show the process of incrementally creating change. We make our films widely available to NGO’s and international educators through Academic Screening Packages and Screening Kits.

We increase impact and engagement by creating platforms and new media technologies that makes it easy for people to engage with social issues.  Our new media projects had included IJCentral, The Toolbox, and Every Memory Matters.

Please use our contact page to get in touch, or to find out about our Academic Screening Packages please click here.

Our History

As a human rights media organization, Skylight’s work has focused on amplifying the voice of constituencies battling for social justice and their rights since our founding in 1981.  The content we produce – from documentary films to a range of digital media projects – creates a media ecosystem that strengthens a culture of rights and engaged citizenship.  We combine the storytelling arts with human rights media strategies, in the service of social movements, a process that has made us a part of battles for the narrative in movements around the world. In doing this we work with partners, complementing and strengthening their efforts in education and advocacy.  From the Peruvian Truth Commission’s conclusions that democracy needn’t be sacrificed in the name of security, to the ICC’s efforts to exercise a justice mandate in the face of global power politics, the stories we tell raise awareness and engage people through a human rights perspective.

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Pamela Yates
Creative Director

Paco de Onís
Executive Director

Peter Kinoy
Editorial Director

Daniela I. Quiroz
Impact & Engagement Editor

Alejandro de Onís
Skylight Digital Director

Nora Christiani
Director of Programs and Outreach

Sofia Geld
Production & Education Coordinator

Matilde Terraza
Ixil Coordinator

Beatriz Gallardo

William Ramirez
Research Assistant


Interested in working with us?  We’d love to hear from you.

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