Call Center Blues

Directed by Geeta Gandbhir

CALL CENTER BLUES is a lyrical portrait of an unlikely community of US deportees and their loved ones struggling to rebuild their lives in Tijuana, Mexico.

Status: In post-production


About the team

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GEETA GANDBHIR (Director) is an award winning director, producer and editor. As director, she won Best Documentary at the News and Doc Emmys for I AM EVIDENCE, an HBO Documentary Film, and Best Government and Politics Documentary for ARMED WITH FAITH, a PBS Documentary film. As editor, she won a Primetime Emmy for Best Editing for Spike Lee's HBO documentary series WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE and also for the HBO film BY THE PEOPLE, THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA. A documentary film she co-produced, THE SENTENCE, for HBO, also won a Special Jury Primetime Emmy. In 2019 she directed the series WHY WE HATE with Amblin Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions for Discovery. Other award- winning feature docs she co-directed include PRISON DOGS which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES: PEACEKEEPERS which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and aired on PBS. She created and is co-directing and co-producing a series on race with The New York Times Op-Docs titled The Conversation which won the AFI Documentary Film Festival and a MacArthur Grant. She also co-directed and edited the film, REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DENIRO SR. with Perri Peltz for HBO which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. She has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation grant, a MacArthur Grant, among others, and in 2017, she was the recipient of Chicken and Eggs prestigious Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.

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ABRAHAM AVILA (Field Producer) has lived in Tijuana, Mexico since 1995, developing projects focused on human mobility and migration in collaboration with production companies like Multitude Films, RYOT, Redrum Productions, Show of Force, SoulPancake, Tokyo Television, and Lumbrera Films. He has worked as an editor, screenwriter, and director, and his recent producing work includes CHECHE IAVI (Sam Ellison), HUMAN FLOW (Ai Weiwei), OAXACALIFORNIA (Trisha Ziff) and NAVAJAZO (Ricardo Silva). As a screenwriter for the film HERCULES, he was a fellow of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in 2010 and of the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE). He has taught film and cinema courses at IMCINE, École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Cergy-Pontoise (ENSAPC) in Paris, The Armory in Pasadena, California, and the Iberoamericana Santa Fé University in Mexico City.

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ASAD FARUQI (Director of Photography) is a New York based Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer and Filmmaker from Pakistan. ARMED WITH FAITH (2018), a film that he produced, shot and co-directed, won the best Political and Government News and Documentary Emmy Award. Over the past 10 years Asad has lensed a number of award winning films around the world on topics ranging from critical social issues to violence, war and conflict. His cinematography credits include HBO’s Academy and Emmy Award Winning documentary shorts A GIRL IN THE RIVER (2016) and SAVING FACE (2012). Other notable works include NEW HOMELAND (2018), A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES: PEACEKEEPERS (2015), SONG OF LAHORE (2015), and PAKISTAN’S TALIBAN GENERATION (2009), which garnered the Emmy and Alfred I. Dupont Award. Asad’s work has been featured on HBO, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, SBS, Arte, and The New York Times among many others.

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VIRIDIANA LIEBERMAN (Editor) is a filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She edited feature documentary I AM EVIDENCE (Tribeca 2017, HBO), which won a 2019 News & Doc Emmy for Best Documentary and the short documentary LOVE THE SINNER (Tribeca 2017). She also co-directed FATTITUDE, a feature documentary that exposes how popular culture fosters fat prejudice and then offers an alternative way of thinking. She edited SPECIAL OLYMPICS: 50 YEARS OF CHANGING THE GAME which aired in 2018 on ABC and ESPN and THE SENTENCE (HBO), which won the 2018 Sundance Film Festival US Documentary Audience Award and the 2019 Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. In 2019, she edited STONEWALL: THE MAKING OF A MONUMENT for New York Times Op-Docs.

 

Producer
Jessica Devaney

Co-Producer
Lisa Valencia-Svensson

Associate Producer
Colleen Cassingham

Consulting Producer
Patricia Benabe

Production Assistants
David Reyes
Jot Sahi
Paulette Marte

Sound Recordist
Juan Manuel Gonzalez Felix

Executive Producers
Ryan Chanatry
Anna Holmes
Gena Konstantinakos

Supervising Producers
Jeff Seelbach
Jennie Bedusa

Co-Executive Producer
Anya Rous

 

 
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