Documentary by Gabriela Martínez to be shown during Border Film Week at the University of San Diego

Border Film Week – Events at the University of San Diego.

DVD_Guatemala_WEBCSWS associate director Gabriela Martínez has been invited to screen her documentary Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala for the Border Film Week Series organized by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. The documentary will be screened on March 26 and Martínez will attend the screening and do Q/A.

Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala (RT 54 min.) tells the story of Guatemala’s National Police Historical Archive (Archivo Histórico de la Policia Nacional—AHPN) intertwined with narratives of past human rights abuses and the dramatic effects they had on specific individuals and the nation as a whole. In addition, it highlights present-day efforts to preserve collective memories and bring justice and reconciliation to the country.

The film is the result of a collaboration between academic units at the University of Oregon and AHPN. With funding support from the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), and other campus units, Carlos Aguirre and Gabriela Martínez (associate professor, UO School of Journalism and Communication), are heading up a series of projects for UO.


Gabriela Martínez is an international award-winning documentary maker who has produced, directed or edited more than twelve ethnographic and socio/political documentaries, including Textiles in the Southern Andes (1993), Qoyllur Rit’i: A Woman’s Journey (1998), Women, Media, and Rebellion in Oaxaca (2008), Latino Roots in Lane County (2009), and Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala (2013). In addition to her career as a documentary producer, Martínez is engaged in research, focusing on international and global communications, media ownership, and media culture. Her creative and research work emphasizes Latin American issues and Latinos in the United States as a growing ethnic minority. She is the author of Latin American Telecommunications: Telefónica’s Conquest, Cinema Law in Latin America: Brazil, Peru, and Colombia, The Media Map Project: Peru a case study. Martínez is associate director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society and associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon.