Documentary Films and Narrative Shorts

Haiku Films works in English and Spanish on documentary & narrative films, independent projects, and commissioned works for foundations, non-profits, and communities. We cherish and thrive on supporting stories & experiences encompassing diverse multicultural perspectives that reimagine a better world.

Prodigal Daughter by Mabel Valdiviezo

Prodigal Daughter

When artist and filmmaker Mabel Valdiviezo reunites with her family in Peru after sixteen years of silence, she decides to reveal her troubled past as an immigrant in the U.S. Diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, and using her art as a saving grace, Mabel must find a way to heal her broken family ties before it is too late.

“Prodigal Daughter” explores the nexus of family reconnection, gendered migration, mental health, identity, belonging, and healing through art.

Director & Producer: Mabel Valdiviezo

Feature-length documentary in progress


Sansa of Silence

Sands of Silence

Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage is a personal documentary about a filmmaker who, inspired by the transformation of the sex-trafficking survivors whose lives she is documenting, finds the courage to break the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.

Director & Producer: Chelo Alvarez-Stehle

Associate Producer: Mabel Valdiviezo

Feature-length documentary, 2018

Screened on PBS’s WORLD Channel – Doc World Series

Carlos Baron Poeta Pan

Carlos Baron, Poeta Pan

Carlos Baron, Poeta Pan follows Carlos Baron, Bay Area multicultural theatre evangelist, who takes us on a fascinating road trip to Chile to explore love and exile through the poetry of Pablo Neruda after the death of Pinochet.

Director & Producer: Mabel Valdiviezo

Documentary short, 14 minutes, 2007

Screened on PBS at KQED and KQEH

Soledad is Gone Forever by Mabel Valdiviezo

Soledad Is Gone Forever

Soledad Is Gone Forever is a drama that explores the long-term psychological impact of political persecution through the eyes of Soledad Gonzales, a young photographer who learns her father’s remains have been found in a mass grave in Chile.

Director, Producer & Editor: Mabel Valdiviezo

Executive Producer: Cesar Viana-Teague

Narrative short, 14 minutes, 2006

Screened at Los Angeles International Films & New York International Latino Film Festival

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