ChangeNOW 2021


Chelo Alvarez-Stehle

Innerlens Productions

Documentary Filmmaker/Impact Producer


Chelo Alvarez-Stehle is a journalist, documentary filmmaker and impact producer. She worked in Japan the development of documentaries for NHK Enterprises and became Tokyo foreign correspondent for Spain’s El Mundo. She continued to work for the daily and other media outlets when she moved to California in 1995, always focusing on social issues and women’s rights. She produced/directed several short documentaries among them: SOLD IN AMERICA on sex-trafficking (Montreal and Buenos Human Rights Film Festivals) and THROUGH THE WALL on immigration (Imagen Awards, SIMA Impact Awards), acquired by The Guardian and PBS. SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves of Courage is her award-winning personal feature-length documentary on sexual violence and trafficking. Broadcast on RTVE, the WORLD Channel and PBS. She orchestrated her films’ worldwide impact campaigns with screenings at the United Nations and the European Parliament, prisons in California and Spain, universities from Yale to Oxford to Buenos Aires, Brisbane and Hiroshima, and women’s shelters, refugee’s shelters and immigrant rights organizations from Shanghai and Tokyo to Mexicali and Tijuana. She currently works as an impact producer for NASRIN documentary film, on jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been called “Iran’s Mandela”. Chelo is developing a documentary on sexual violence perpetrators and the documentary MONTSE WATKINS: Kamakura Tales (DocsBarcelona SpeedMeetings). As a founding member of Creative Compact Collective, she is co-producing/co-directing the global collective documentary PAUSED: Life under Covid-19. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Ms. Magazine, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Voice of America, Telemundo, La Nación, La Vanguardia, El Mundo, El País, RTVE, The Asahi Shimbun. Her articles have also appeared in Documentary magazine, The Malibu Times, GEO, El País, and The Guardian.


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