Renee Tajima-Peña
Co-executive producer/Producer/Director

Producer Renee Tajima-Peña has chronicled the American scene in documentary films such as Who Killed Vincent Chin, nominated for an Academy Award in 1988, and MY AMERICA... or Honk if You Love Buddha, honored at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. Her other credits include The New Americans series on PBS, The Last Beat Movie, The Best Hotel on Skid Row, Jennifer's in Jail and the PBS special Declarations: All Men are Created Equal? Tajima-Peña's works have been honored with, among others, a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award and the Justice in Action Award. She previously worked as a film critic for the Village Voice and a cultural commentator for National Public Radio and now is an associate professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Lourdes Portillo

For the past 20 years, producer Lourdes Portillo has made award-winning films that focus on the search for Latino identity. The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, the result of a three-year collaboration with writer/director Susan Muñoz, was honored with a 1985 Academy Award Best Documentary nomination. Several PBS documentaries followed, including La Ofrenda: The Day of the Dead, Selena: A Home Movie and The Devil Never Sleeps. Portillo recently finished a documentary called Missing Young Women about the killings of hundreds of young maquiladora workers on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Ray Suarez

Ray Suarez is a senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, where he is responsible for conducting newsmaker interviews, studio discussion and debates, reporting from the field and serving as a backup anchor. Prior to joining the NewsHour in 1999, he was host of the nationwide, call-in news program "Talk of the Nation" on National Public Radio. Suarez also wrote the recent book The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999 (Free Press), and has contributed to several others, including Totally Brooklyn (Workman, 2001), Saving America's Treasures (National Geographic, 2000), Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories ( Knopf, 1998), and About Men (Poseidon, 1986). His essays and criticism have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, among other publications.


Production Credits

Executive Producers
Jeff Bieber
Renee Tajima-Peña

Renee Tajima-Peña

Line Producer
Evangeline Griego

Show Editor
Johanna Demetrakas

Original Music
Brian Kirk And
Sharon Smith

Adiele Story
Lourdes Portillo, Segment Producer
Lisa Leeman, Segment Co-Producer, Editor
Vicente Franco, Field Producer, Cinematography
Moses Obuye and Eric Somo, Sound

Lam Story
Lourdes Portillo, Segment Producer
Tina Nguyen, Associate Producer
Jennifer Chinlund, Editor
Colin Kunland, Asst. Editor
Vicente Franco, Cinematography
Jose Araujo, Sound

Peña Story
Renee Tajima-Peña, Segment Producer
Evangeline Griego, Segment Co-Producer
Johanna Demetrakas, Editor
Jonathan Schell, Cinematography
Sara Chin, Sound

Additional Editing and Title Design
Bill Bryn Russell

Assistant Editor
Duc Nguyen

Christopher Grey

Sound Editor
Bill Bryn Russell
Duc Nguyen

Sound Mixer
Rick Norman, Todd-Ao Soundelux

Score Produced By
Greg Burns
Jeff Burns

Ry Cooder
Joachim Cooder
Juliette Commagere
Kathleen Edwards
Joellen Lapidus

Music Consultant
Betto Arcos
Dj Namdi

Archival Research
Evangeline Griego
Suzanne A. Williams

Production Assistance & Transcription
Anthony Allen
Dena Berllion
Vilma Cahvez
Zaida Mejia
Rosalind Sagara
Judy Sisneros
Jason Tajima
Kyle Tajima

Dept. Of The Army
Displaced Films
Film Archives
Footage Bank
Fox Movietonews,Inc.
Grinberg Film Library
Harvard University
David James
Layton Family
Leo Martinez
Medicins Du Monde
National Archives
Vanderbilt Library
Abc News Videosource
United Farm Workers Of America, Afl-Cio
Washington Library Services

Thank You
Paul Robeson Fund For Independent Media
Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship
U.S.-Mexico Fund For Culture

Faith Adiele
Andrew Lam
Armando Peña


Production Controller
Jim Corbley
Teri Kennon

Associate Producer
Namisha Sarin

Cynthia Aldridge
Melanie Smith

Cecily Van Praagh

Lee Allen

Web Site Producer
John Shortess

Station Relations
Karen Fritz
Suzanne Masri

On Air Promotion
Rimas Campe

Executive Producer
Dalton Delan

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