The Filmmaker

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About Maya Tokunaga Jensen

Maya Tokunaga Jensen is a musician from Chicago who plays upright/electric bass and cello. She has a B.A. from Northwestern University in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies. In 2006, she traveled to Bolivia out of a desire to learn more about the incredible grassroots movements that were happening there. For her undergraduate thesis research, Maya sought an example of how music, as a form of resistance and empowerment and a tool for building solidarity, was playing a role in supporting Bolivian social and political movements. Bolivians introduced her to Afro-Bolivian Saya music and she learned about the community and their political movement. Greatly inspired by the people she met and their stories, after finishing her thesis, Maya went on to create this long-term documentary film project.

This project could not have been possible without the help and support of so many people. (View the credits)