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March 4, 2017 , , , , , ,

Lands to Die For

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You may not have heard of the Garifuna. They’re a people with a unique culture who live mostly in coastal Central America. Descendents of runaway African slaves and local indigenous groups. They have their own language, religion – and lands. But the Garifuna in Honduras say their land is under siege. Several of their leaders have been killed as they fight to defend it. But finding justice is proving hard in a country where impunity and corruption reign.

CREDITS
Directors: Gerry Hadden, Armando Guerra

Executive Producers: Ma Jing, Mei Yan, Guo Chun

Americas Now Executive Producers Jose Velasquez

Producers: Roselena Ramirez, Christian Pena, Joe Zarinko, Qingzhao Sun

Post-production: AJ More, Sebastien Harding

Motion Graphics and Design: Alexander Shields, Devin Draudt, Albert Val

Director of Photography: Armando Guerra

Editor: Armando Guerra

Assistant Editor: Marta Varona

Local Producer: Renato Lacayini

A CGTN PRODUCTION


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May 2, 2016 , , , ,

Time is Dust

Thousands of small-time miners are digging up the Peruvian Amazon. The police and army are after them. Environmentalists the world around condemn them. It’s a disaster and its only getting worse. But the miners themselves say they have no other way to make a living. An unprecedented journey into the illegal mines, where crooks and killers toil alongside otherwise honest men in search of gold – and a way out of life-threatening poverty.

CREDITS
Directors: Gerry Hadden, Armando Guerra

Executive Producers: Ma Jing, Mei Yan, Guo Chun

Americas Now Executive Producers: Humberto Duran, Jose Velasquez

Producers: Roselena Ramirez, Christian Pena, Joe Zarinko, Qingzhao Sun

Post-production: AJ More, Sebastien Harding

Motion Graphics and Design: Alexander Shields, Devin Draudt, Albert Val

Director of Photography: Armando Guerra

Editor: Armando Guerra

Assistant Editor: Marta Varona

Local Producer: Edison Salvador “Cebiche” Huaman Ccapchi

Advisor: Jim Laurie

Special thanks to
Alberto Pérez and the Pérez family
Gustavo Salinas Castro
Kirstin Alice Adam

A CCTV AMERICA PRODUCTION


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March 31, 2016

Reinventing Cuba

Obama’s just visited. History’s been made. But it was already being made one painting, one pitch, one designer t-shirt at a time. This is the story of Cuba’s creative class – its artists, designers, sluggers, carpenters, entrepreneurs – the people pushing their imaginations, and their government, to the limit.

Gerry Hadden: Writer, Co-Director
Armando Guerra: Co-Director, Director of Photography
Josep Alfaro: 2nd Camera
Humberto Duran: Executive Producer
Roselena Ramirez: Senior Planning Producer
Christian Pena, Joe Zarinko, Qingzhao Sun: Producers
AJ More, Sebastien Harding: Post-production
Alexander Shields, Devin Draudt: Motion Graphics and Design
Talia Bustamante: Local Producer
Jim Laurie: Advisor

Visit CCTV-America for more info: www.cctv-america.com


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February 2, 2015

Children of the Oil

Children of the Oil from Gerry Hadden on Vimeo.

For two decades a legal battle has raged between indigenous tribes from the Ecuadorian Amazon and US oil company Chevron. The tribes won a record 19 billion dollars in 2011, as compensation for decades of polluting in the rainforest. That polluting was done by Texaco, which Chevron later bought. Chevron has won a stay on compensation in the US itself, but lawyers are still duking it out from Canada to Argentina. Meanwhile the Indians affected by the disaster continue to suffer. This, as the government of Ecuador plans more oil and mining operations of its own.

Armando Guerra, Director of Photography
Humberto Duran, Executive Producer, Americas Now, CCTV-America
Roselena Ramirez, Senior Planning Producer, Americas Now, CCTV-America
Visit CCTV-America for more info: www.cctv-america.com


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February 1, 2015

One Night, One Gringo: Lost in the Amazon

Imagine you visit the Amazon jungle for the first time, spin several times in wonder, and find yourself lost. For one night. What would you do?

Armando Guerra, Director of Photography
Humberto Duran, Executive Producer, Americas Now, CCTV-America
Roselena Ramirez, Senior Planning Producer, Americas Now, CCTV-America
Visit CCTV-America for more info: www.cctv-america.com


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January 31, 2015 , , , , , , ,

Narco-Pirates Ensare Ecuador’s Fishermen

Fishermen in Ecuador are struggling. It’s not just that coastal waters are overfished. It’s that taking to the seas itself has gotten dangerous. Thieves, pirates and drug traffickers sometimes attack them, stealing their boats, beating them or worse. For years the U.S. military helped Ecuador patrol its waters, looking for drug shipments, which some say kept overall crime down. But in 2009 President Rafael Correa canceled the American program, sending more local police and soldiers. Today fishermen are divided over whether their lot has improved.

Armando Guerra, Director of Photography
Humberto Duran, Executive Producer, Americas Now, CCTV-America
Roselena Ramirez, Senior Planning Producer, Americas Now, CCTV-America
Visit CCTV-America for more info: www.cctv-america.com


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Lands to Die For
Time is Dust
Reinventing Cuba
Children of the Oil
One Night, One Gringo: Lost in the Amazon
Narco-Pirates Ensare Ecuador’s Fishermen