Support Us

Creating space for innovation, rest, and resilience

The leadership team of our VIVX and SolidariLabs programs (pictured above at a gathering in Cali, Colombia earlier this year) have begun a month-long residency in Woodstock, NY thanks to the Silver Sun Foundation, a family philanthropy dedicated to providing support for professional creative artists, cultural organizations, educators and social change makers. The retreat will allow our collaborators from Colombia, Guatemala, México and the U.S. a peaceful location to connect with each other, continue planning for the strengthening of VIVX, and a respite from the near constant threat of violence that rights defenders face in Latin America. Stay tuned to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and an invite to a special event later this month!

Asylum seekers speak out against MPP

The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico,” requires political asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their cases are being considered in the U.S. The conditions in Mexico are squalid, dangerous, and demoralizing. The Biden administration put an end to the program, but the state of Texas is challenging the moratorium and Biden v. Texas is currently being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Maya-Ixil environmental and human rights defender Kaxh Mura’l (Gaspar Cobo) was invited by our allies at the International Mayan League to speak at a rally outside of the Court sharing how he was personally impacted by MPP. Unfortunately Kaxh wasn’t able to get approval from ICE to travel to Washington, D.C. on short notice, however a Maya-Ixil compañero (pictured above) read Kaxh’s testimony on his behalf.

Watch Kaxh share his testimony here:

Our colleagues at the American Immigration Council (AIC) are among 60 organizations who signed onto the Biden v. Texas Human Rights First Amicus brief, which calls Texas’ case “an unjustified departure from precedent that perpetuates a humanitarian crisis and the southwest border.” We’re following this case closely as part of the larger narrative of our forthcoming film, Borderland. 

Daughter of a Lost Bird protagonist and co-producer Kendra Mylnechuk Potter in conversation with her mother. Photo courtesy Brooke Pepion Swaney

Watch Daughter of a Lost Bird on America ReFramed

Brooke Pepion Swaney’s film about Native adoptee Kendra’s multiyear exploration of her heritage, Daughter of a Lost Bird, premiered May 5, 2022 on America ReFramed and is now available free to stream. Read my interview with Brooke on the Skylight blog

Producer Sofia Geld

Spotlight on Skylight Alumni

In a new monthly feature, we’ll be sharing highlights from our talented Skylight alumni. This month we celebrate Sofia Geld, who served as impact producer on our feature films Rebel Citizen and Disruption. Sofia produced, with director Rebeca Huntt, the feature documentary Beba. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival is an official selection of the 2022 Tribeca Festival and will be distributed by NEON in U.S. theaters later this year. 

Pamela Yates

Pamela Yates is a an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder/Creative Director of Skylight Pictures, a company dedicated to creating feature length documentary films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter


Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!