Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís are this year's Activists-in-Residence for the Center of Social Justice.
Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís are the director/producer partnership behind 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.
Pamela Yates is an American filmmaker, human rights defender, and a co-founder of Skylight Pictures. Yates has been involved in numerous award-winning films such as When the Mountains Tremble, Witness to War, and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator. 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.
Paco de Onís is a partner at Skylight Pictures alongside Pamela Yates having worked on many of the same projects. He grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual. Most recently, de Onís produced Skylight Pictures’ film Disruption, about women’s economic empowerment in Colombia, Peru and Brazil. In 2011, he produced Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, a documentary detective story focused on the role of filmic and archival documentation in the prosecution of a genocide case against Guatemalan generals, and launched Granito: Every Memory Matters, a companion mixed media project developed to restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide.