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Bettina Escauriza joins PhillyCAM as our new Coordinating News Producer

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BETTINA  ESCAURIZA
COORDINATING  NEWS PRODUCER

Born in Asunción, Paraguay, Bettina Escauriza is a filmmaker, writer, artist, and actor living in Philadelphia. She is a natural storyteller from a family of frustrated mystics, spectacular liars, ill-fated thieves, and awful politicians. Her work deals with Indigenous knowledge (specifically Guaraní epistemologies), colonization, immigration, anarchism, and exile.

Her aim as a filmmaker is to tell stories about Indigenous people and people of color that are lush, sensual, thrilling, and complex — whose aim is to tell the truth about the communities she comes from by centering narratives of joy, defiance, and resistance in the face of oppression. Bettina does international human rights work at the United Nations, focusing specifically on the role of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous knowledge in mitigating the current climate crisis. 

Bettina is a Sundance Knight Foundation Fellow, a Flaherty Seminar Fellow, an October Colony Screenwriters Residency Fellow, a Research and Curatorial Fellow at Slought (UPenn), and an IEar Fellow (RPI). 

Community News Coordinating Producer (CP) supports community reporters in producing stories for 2 flagship monthly news magazine style shows, Atrevete, and PhillyCAM Voices. A primary focus of this position is working with people in a learning environment.

The CP helps with outreach and recruitment of new producers and builds relationships with local community and education partners to grow a well-balanced team of contributors from camera operators to editors to reporters.