Margarita Martinez


Margarita Martinez is a Colombian documentary filmmaker. She received her masters’ degree in Journalism and International Affairs from Columbia University in 1998 and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2009.

Martinez started her career at NBC in New York in 1998. She moved back to Bogota in 1999 to work for the Associated Press. For the next seven years, she covered Colombia´s internal conflict, moving between rebel camps and paramilitary strongholds to report on displacement, massacres and kidnappings at the height of the violence.

Her first film, La Sierra, the award-winning documentary about paramilitary gangs in Medellin was highly acclaimed on the festival circuit. It won ‘Best Documentary’ at the Miami Film Festival, and at the IFP Market in New York, and was nominated to the Independent Spirit Award in Los Angeles in 2006.

She went on to produce two feature-length documentaries, Robatierra (Best Documentary of the South at the Havana Film Festival 2009), about an indigenous community’s fight for its land, and Antanas’s Way, about the 2010 political campaign of Antanas Mockus that aroused hopes for a peaceful change away from the traditional power structure of elites.

With unprecedented access, she filmed the last three years the peace negotiations between the government and the FARC guerrilla group in Havana, Cuba that ended in December of 2016 with a peace agreement after more than 50 years of war.

She received the Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in journalism in 2016.



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