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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 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 Madrid, London, New York and Istanbul. Her body of work is considered in the book Estela Bravo: Witness of her Times (Istanbul, 2003).

Miami-Havana (1992), a moving exploration of divided Cuban families, 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 and BBC as the best overseas production on British Television. Her 2001 film, Fidel, was selected for the Toronto Film Festival and received an award in New York's Urbanworld Film Festival for “Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking.”

Who Am I?, Bravo’s latest film, received the Caracol Award for best documentary at the Latin American 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.
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