Stories that Illuminate

For 30 years Skylight has been committed to producing artistic, challenging and socially relevant independent documentary films & digital media tools on issues of human rights and the quest for justice.

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 educate with optimism by not only showing the plight, but also the fight.  We show a way forward through education and action.  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 include IJCentral, The Toolbox, and Every Memory Matters (see below).

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

How we work

Whether it’s a film, outreach website, mobile tool, print piece, educational workshop, photography, screening kit, it’s the story which is paramount to Skylight. And now to reinforce that tipping point, we are launching a companion digital project designed to restore the collective memory of the genocide in a public online archive, described here – Granito: Every Memory Matters.

The film’s journey is reflected in the Granito Facebook page, where nearly 4,000 followers have rallied, sharing stories, news, and demanding justice. And to get a sense of the people behind all of this, check out this slide show of photos of ‘granitos’ by renowned portraitist Dana Lixenberg.

As documentary activists who use film and advanced technologies to further human rights through storytelling, it’s been a memorable year for us, from the standing ovation at Granito’s Sundance Film Festival debut last January, to being Opening Night Film at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York, to meeting the amazing community that underpins Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, to the nearly 1,500 people that filled 3 screenings in one night at the Hot Docs Doc Soup series in Toronto.


Pamela Yates

Paco de Onís

Peter Kinoy

Alejandro de Onís
Director, Skylight Digital

Daniela I. Quiroz
Impact & Engagement Editor

Nora Christiani
Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

Sofia Geld
Outreach & Education Co-ordinator

Matilde Terraza
Ixil Coordinator

Beatriz Gallardo

Vania Loredo
Research Assistant


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

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