Pacho Velez is a graduate of Harvard University. He has directed two full-length documentaries: Occupation (2002), and Orphans of Mathare (2003). His films have won several prizes, including the Rosa Luxembourg Award at the New England Film and Video Festival (2003) and the Best Documentary Award at the Ivy Film Festival (2003 and 2004). His films have also screened at many festivals, museums, and on Portuguese and Japanese national television. In 2006, the US Department of Education named him a Javits Fellow. He is currently pursuing a MFA in filmmaking at CalArts.

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