Cristina Ibarra

Moving Image, 2005

Cristina Ibarra is a Chicana filmmaker who has been making award-winning independent films that explore the U.S.-Mexico border for the past fourteen years. To Ibarra the border is not only a subject—it is home. She was raised in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Her critically acclaimed long-form PBS documentary The Last Conquistador had a national broadcast on POV, and USA Today called the film “Heroic,” Sculptural Pursuit Magazine, “Powerful.” Her short narrative film Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela won multiple awards at festivals, including Best Short Fiction, the Audience Award, and the Jury Award, and was broadcast nationwide on PBS. Ibarra directed the narrative short Wheels of Change for the New York International Latino Film Festival to play before every feature film screening. Latino Public Broadcasting funded her comedic interstitial Grandma’s Hip Hop. She is a founding member of, a Latina interdisciplinary collective, where she created award-winning satirical shorts such as Latino Plastic Cover and Lupe From the Block. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, CPB/PBS Producer’s Academy, the Latino Producers Academy and Creative Capital, among others. 

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Awards and Accomplishments


Independent Lens broacasts Ibarra's Las Marthas

2009: Ibarra receives ITVS Development Award for a new PBS documentary, _Las Marthas_

2006: Ibarra receives National Association of Latino Arts and Culture grant