Elizabeth Farnsworth

Elizabeth Farnsworth was chief correspondent and principal substitute anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer from 1995-2000. She then became a senior correspondent, reporting mostly from overseas. She now free-lances for The NewsHour and makes documentaries. In recent years, she has reported from Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Chile, Haiti and Vietnam. Her 2001 four-part series on the AIDS crisis in Botswana and Malawi (produced by Joanne Elgart) received the 2001 Silver World Medal from the New York Festivals and a national Emmy nomination. Her documentary Thanh’s War (co-directed with John Knoop), which aired on PBS in 1991, garnered a CINE Golden Eagle and an Asian-American Journalists Association award. The Gospel and Guatemala (co-produced with Stephen Talbot), which aired on PBS in 1983, won a San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Mother Jones and other publications. She has lived in Peru and Chile and has a Master’s Degree in Latin American History from Stanford University. Farnsworth was assistant producer of Que Hacer? a feature film set during the Chilean election campaign of 1970, and she has followed Chile closely ever since.


Patricio Lanfranco Leverton

Patricio Lanfranco Leverton, a Chilean citizen living in Santiago, Chile, has been an independent researcher and producer for two decades. His work on the ground in Chile has been invaluable to television and radio news organizations from around the globe. He has produced reports for the BBC including one that featured the first live interview with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos. Lanfranco assisted in the production of feature stories, which aired on PBS’ The NewsHour, on the impact in Chile of Pinochet’s arrest. He has coordinated and produced for the Australian Broadcasting Company’s flagship news program Foreign Correspondent. His Chilean television series, Chronicles of an Imaginary Region, won the National Television Council Award, in 2003.


Co-directors/Co-producers: Elizabeth Farnsworth, Patricio Lanfranco
Executive Producer: Richard Pearce
Cinematographers: Michael Anderson, Vicente Franco, Esteban Medel, Jim Van Vranken
Editor: Blair Gershkow
Original Music: Barbara Cohen