A new short documentary about the process of putting together a photo exhibit about diasporic Guatemalan Maya women throughout Southern California was released Thursday:
The video is by Living on One, a local documentary outfit focused on telling stories about marginalized people in their own words. The short documentary highlights “Maya Womxn in LA,” an exhibit last Spring at Las Fotos Project. It follows a group of Guatemalan women connecting with their indigenous heritage through photojournalism.
The exhibition “Maya Womxn in LA” featured over 30 photographs of Maya and Guatemalan-identifying young, an interactive diaspora mapping activity, and audio interviews of oral histories.
For many years, Las Fotos Project has helped Eastside teenage girls explore the field of photography through mentorship and self-expression.
In the past, Living on One documentaries have shined a light on various experiences, from life in a Syrian refugee camp looks like to the struggles of living on a dollar a day in different parts of the world.
Awards for its work include a 2018 Webby Award for “Best Use of Photography” and a 2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award.
Photo above by Jasleen Reyes/Las Fotos Project