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

Filmmaker and artist Mabel Valdiviezo reunites with her family in Peru after 16 years of silence, confronting haunting childhood memories and a troubled past as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.

“Prodigal Daughter” is a cinematic exploration of family, belonging, and the transformative power of art.

Director & Producer: Mabel Valdiviezo

Feature-length documentary, 2024

World Premiere, LALIFF, May 30, 7pm, 2024


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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