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Rodrigo Vazquez

Producer, Director & Cameraman

Rodrigo Vazquez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1969. In 1991 he won two scholarships, one to study at the University of Cinema, where he obtained a BA with Honours in Film Direction, another to study Production at the National Film School in Buenos Aires, where he graduated with a BA in Film Production.

From 1995 he lived in London (UK) where he joined the National Film & TV School Documentary Direction and began working in TV in 1998 for BBC World

As a freelance producer / director / cameraman he worked extensively for Channel 4’s Unreported World Series, developing its style and content, filming in war zones from Central America to the Middle East. His work has been nominated for Royal Television Society Awards and obtained the prestigious Rory Peck Award for Features in 2003. His work in cinema includes the 90-minute documentary film “Condor: Axis of Evil” which premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, was nominated by dozens of film festivals around the world and had a cinema release in France and UK. In 2005 Rodrigo founded Bethnal Films in order to produce independent feature films and documentaries. He subsequently produced “La Apertura”, a short film that won the Audience Award in the Bilbao Film festival 2006 and was bought by Channel 4 UK, “Looking for the Revolution”, an observational feature-documentary about the on-going indigenous revolution in Bolivia, four series for “Witness-Al Jazeera” and “Al Jazeera People & Power”, “Inside Hamas”, nominated for the 2008 Rory Peck Award, “Child Miners”, winner of the Grand Prize at the 2009 Montreal Human Rights Film Festival, which was nominated for dozens of other awards, and set up international co-productions to make films such as “Angels of Rio” and “President Evo”. Rodrigo has just released two films: a short entitled “Interrogating a Torturer” and “This Land is Our Land” about the landless peasants’ movement in Paraguay. He has just finished his first feature-length fiction film, “Lenin in Maracaibo”, where he blends documentary and fiction to tell the story of a young indigenous teacher living in a slum, and is working on his next feature-length documentary project, provisionally entitled “Borders”, to mark the 200th anniversary of Latin America’s independence.

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