Paola Mendoza

Filmmaker & Activist

Film Director, Co-Founder of The Soze Agency, Co-Founder of Critically Acclaimed Resistance Revival Chorus, Author of “The One’s Who Don’t Stay”

Paola Mendoza is a film director, activist and author. She was a national organizer and the Artistic Director for the Women’s March on Washington, the largest one-day mass mobilization in history. For her day job, Paola is a critically acclaimed film director. Her films have continually tackled the effects of poverty and immigration on women and children in the United States. Her award-winning movies have premiered at the most prestigious film festivals around the world, including: Toronto, Berlin, South by South West, Pusan, Deauville, HotDocs and Tribeca. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine 25 New Faces of Independent Film and she is a Tribeca All Access, Film Independent and Independent Film Week fellow. She is a co-founder of The Soze Agency and has been the creative director for campaigns fighting for immigration reform, criminal justice reform, incarcerated mother’s and women’s rights. She is a co-founder and member of the critically acclaimed, Resistance Revival Chorus. Her first novel, THE ONES WHO DON’T STAY, was published by Penguin Books.

“We, artists, inspire people to love when it is easier to hate.”
“What makes a person’s heart open? And what makes a person’s heart close? Today, this country is suffering from a mass contraction of the heart. And I firmly believe that it is artists, it is the creative community, that can reopen the heart of America.”

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