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Lisa Valencia-Svensson

LISA VALENCIA-SVENSSON is an Emmy award-winning documentary producer based in Toronto and Head of Operations at Multitude Films. Most recently, she produced director PJ Raval’s CALL HER GANDA (Tribeca, 2018) which The Hollywood Reporter called “heartbreaking and inspirational.” Her first feature length documentary, HERMAN’S HOUSE (Full Frame, 2012) told the story of a man who spent more than forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana. It won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was broadcast on PBS’ documentary series POV. Her second feature MIGRANT DREAMS (Hot Docs, 2016), about migrant women workers in Canadian greenhouses, won the Canadian Hillman Prize, a Canadian Association of Journalists award, and was a Top Ten Audience Favorite at Hot Docs. HERMAN’S HOUSE and MIGRANT DREAMS were both nominated for the Canadian Screen Award: Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/ Political Documentary. Additional credits include LAILA AT THE BRIDGE (CPH:DOX 2018), SHADOW GIRL (Docs Barcelona, 2016), THE WORLD BEFORE HER (Tribeca, 2012), LONE TWIN (IDFA, 2011), RESILIENCE (OMNI TV 2010) and THE MARKET (IDFA, 2010).  Lisa has been a Tribeca All Access and IFP Documentary Lab fellow, and a lead mentor for the Hot Docs Diverse Voices mentorship program. Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice, and which encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens.