Behind the Lens

Digital Premiere: June 28, 2010

2010 Filmmaker Interviews

Lourdes Portillo

Season 1 - Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
Premiered on POV: August 2, 1988

Season 12 - Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena
Premiered on POV: July 13, 1999

Season 15 - Señorita Extraviada
Premiered on POV: August 20, 2002

Always in pursuit of affirming the image and stories of Hispanic culture, crisis and identity, Lourdes Portillo has made metaphorical and poetic documentaries such as Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena, and Señorita Extraviada (all featured on POV). In this 2010 interview, Portillo sits down with POV Series Producer Yance Ford to discuss the filmmaking and storytelling process as well as common subjects in Portillo's work such as the stories of women, the equitable affirmation of Hispanic culture and the influence of documentary films.


Corpus: A Home Movie For Selena
Filmmaker Interview: Lourdes Portillo (1999)
Lourdes Portillo explains the the cultural significance and legacy of Selena. (3 minutes) Watch now »


Señorita Extraviada
Filmmaker Interview: Lourdes Portillo (2002)
In this 2002 interview, filmmaker Lourdes Portillo describes the fear and silence she encountered during the making of Señorita Extraviada. (1 minute) Watch now »