Havana Film Festival 2010. Estela Bravo is an American documentary filmmaker who for the past forty years has divided her time between Latin America and the United States. Her 30 award-winning films have spotlighted events throughout Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S., winning her a worldwide reputation.
The work of Estela Bravo has been aired on PBS (US), CBC (Canada), Channel 4 (UK), RAI (Italy), Canal Plus (France), ABC (Australia), as well as in Latin America. Her films have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Daily News, The Miami Herald, The Guardian, The Economist, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Spain's El Pais among others. Retrospectives of Bravo's films have been mounted in Madris, London, New York and Istanbul. Her body of work is considered in the books Estela Bravo; Tal Como Es (1992) and Estela Bravo; Witness of her Times (Istanbul, 2003).
Miami-Havana (1992), a moving exploration of divided Cuban familes, appeared as part of the Point of View series on PBS. The Cuban Excludables made with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, received the 1997 One World Award from the European Community, BBC and UNICEF as the best overseas production on British Television. Her 2001 film Fidel, was selected for the Toronto Film Festival and recieved an award in New York's Urbanworld Film Festival for "Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking." Bravo's latest film Who Am I? The Found Children of Argentina (2007), recieved the Coral Award for Best Documentary at the Havana Latin American film festival, the Toronto Hispanic Film Festival and the Rio De Janiero Film Festival, as well as the Telesur Award.
Bravo's life-long commitment to preserving collective memory while pursuing a more humane future pervades all of her work, and her uncanny ability to gain access where others have not has earned her a singular standing in the world of documentary film.