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Lourdes Portillo

Lourdes Portillo is a Mexican-born Chicana director, producer, and writer, who first came into contact with film making in Hollywood at 21 years of age while assisting a friend in making a documentary. Portillo apprenticed at San Francisco National Association of Broadcast Engineers and Technicians which  She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1978. She specialized in documentary style and has directed several films—After the Earthquake (1979), Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (1986), La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead (1988), Vida (1989), Columbus on Trial (1992), Mirrors of the Heart  (1993), Sometimes my Feet go Numb (1993), El Diablo Nunca Duerme (1994), Hoy es tu Dia (1998), Corpus: A Home Movie About Selena (1999), Conversations With Intellectuals About Selena (1999), Culture Clash: Mission Magic Mystery Tour (2001), Señorita Extraviada (2001), My McQueen (2004), Al Mas Alla (2008).

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Image by Eric Luse, The Chronicle