María Agui Carter immigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador, grew up an undocumented “Dreamer,” and graduated from Harvard University. She is passionate about using media storytelling to inspire social change and specializes in visually arresting and complex storytelling in English and Spanish, and in film, video and digital media. She is a media advocate and has served as Chair of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and Chair of the Filmmakers Collaborative.
Over a dozen of her films have shown on PBS, on Cable, in theaters and in film festivals. Her work on the Culture Shock series for PBS was nominated for an International Documentary Association award, and her film “The Devil’s Music” was hailed by the New York Times as a “lively and thoughtful…documentary that addressing the complex interaction of race and class… engages viewers in a conversation as vigorous as the art it chronicles.”
She has been the winner of a George Peabody Gardner, a Warren, a CPB/PBS, and a Rockefeller Fellowship, among others, and has served as a visiting scholar/artist at Harvard, Tulane and Brandeis.