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Paraiso for sale

Anayansi Prado

What price would you pay for paradise? And who would you be willing to take it from? Panama is one of the most sought after real estate destinations in the world. The archipelago of Bocas del Toro, a gem hidden away in the Caribbean side of Panama, attracts retirees and developers from the U.S. with its crystal clear waters and luscious trees. Filmmaker Anayansi Prado returns to her homeland to document the effects the fast-growing migration of American retirees and developers to Bocas del Toro is having on the local community. Feliciano, a Ngobe Bugle indigenous leader, organizes his people in an effort to protect their land from the government and foreign developers. Local boatsman Dario runs for Mayor with the hopes of bringing change to development in Bocas del Toro. American retiree couple Karan and Willy spent their life savings on their dream home in paradise, only to pay the real price for it later. Paraiso for sale explores issues of modern day colonialism, residential tourism and global gentrification and reveals that migration between Latin America and the U.S. is not just a one-way street.

Project Updates

  • 2011: Paraiso for Sale airs nationally on PBS throughout the month of September

  • 2011: Paraiso for Sale premieres in the Los Angeles Film Festival

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    Anayansi Prado

    Anayansi Prado was born in Panama and moved to the United States as a teenager. She directed and produced the award-winning documentaries Maid in…


  • Events

    Jun 18 – Jun 22, 2011
    Anayansi Prado's "Paraiso for Sale" premieres at LA Film Festival

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    June 7, 2011
    Project Premiere: Anayansi Prado's "Paraiso for Sale" at the Los Angeles Film Festival

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