Pamela Yates

Pamela Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures and currently the Creative Director of Skylight, 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. Her 2011 film was Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, for which she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. The film was used as key forensic evidence in the Ríos Montt genocide conviction in Guatemala.

Yates is an American filmmaker and human rights defender and was born and raised in the Appalachian coal mining region of Pennsylvania, but left home at an early age to live in New York City.

She is the Director of the Sundance Special Jury award winning When the Mountains Tremblethe Executive Producer of the Academy Award winning Witness to War, about an American Doctor behind guerrilla lines in El Salvadorand the Director of State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism, which has been translated into 47 languages and broadcast in 154 countries. Her epic film The Reckoning, about the tumultuous first 6 years of the International Criminal Court was filmed on 4 continents and in 7 languages and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

She also directed the development of Granito: Every Memory Matters, an interactive media project that gathered memories and put them into a public online archive to help restore and repair the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide.

Yates just completed Disruption (2014), a documentary that explores innovative strategies to reduce poverty through women’s economic empowerment in Latin America. She is currently working on 500 Years, the third in the Guatemalan trilogy that explores the battle for the national narrative in present-day Guatemala.

She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild of America, the Independent Documentary Association, and a Contributing Editor to NACLA: Report on the Americas.
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