Jasmin Mara López is a documentary filmmaker, audio producer, and youth media educator that works in the U.S. and México. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was affected by issues experienced on both sides of the U.S.- México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change.
In 2007, Jasmin founded Project Luz, a non-profit initiative that empowers youth to share stories within their communities utilizing audio and photojournalism techniques. She has worked for USC Annenberg’s Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative where she coordinated a program that trained immigrant youth in journalistic ethics and practice, and she was a recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism Award for her documentary Deadly Divide: Migrant Death on the Border.
Jasmin is based in New Orleans and is currently working on Silent Beauty, a film about her family’s history with child sexual abuse and their culture of silence. She is also developing an installation with the voices of dozens of survivors to accompany the film. Jasmin participated in the 2018 UnionDocs Summer Documentary Lab, and was awarded the 2017 New Orleans Film Society Emerging Voices Mentorship, 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency at Ragdale, 2018 Southern Documentary Fund Production Grant, and the 2019 Artist Residency at Ragdale.
Other awards: 2015 American Society of News Editors’ Minority Leadership Institute; 2012 Association of Independents in Radio New Voices Scholarship; 2012 Society of Environmental Journalists Translating Science/Telling Stories Fellowship.
Clients and collaborations: Audible, Al Jazeera, Crooked Media, Hechinger Report, El Tecolote Newspaper, Immigrant Defense Project/Indefensible Podcast, KALW, KCRW’s Sonic Trace, KPCC, KPFA's Cronicas de la Raza, KQED’s The California Report, KUSP, Marketplace, Monocle Radio, Newsdesk.org, North Carolina Public Radio, NPR’s Latino USA, Scalawag Magazine, Southern Poverty Law Center, The Times-Picayune, Voice of Witness, and WWNO.