Through documentary film, otherwise unheard voices can get amplified and make an impact.
That is why I love this job.
“I started writing and reporting for fun throughout high school and college (B.A. Psychology and Political Science), and eventually realised I could reach more people. So I started writing news articles for international newspapers while travelling in Latin America about a wide range of topics from human interest to politics. But it wasn’t long before I realised the potential of visual stories. I then completed an M.A. in News and Documentary Journalism at NYU in 2012. That year, my first short film; an experimental documentary called Sound of Vision, was nominated for an Emmy.
With a fresh broadcast journalism diploma in hand I left New York behind to start a new chapter in Peru where I worked as a producer on various Emmy nominated documentaries about Human Rights issues for international broadcasters. During these years I was finally able to tell longer investigative stories through film.
In 2015 I completed another M.A, this time in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. That year I spent several months in Honduras, the country with the world’s highest murder rate (my birth country) developing what will now become my feature directorial debut. – Loretta van der Horst
2013, Emmy nomination, Sound of Vision, PBS – POV, co-director
2014, Emmy nomination, Huesos que Hablan, Discovery en Español, line producer
2014, Emmy, Trata de Mujeres, Discovery en Español, assistant producer
2014, Emmy nomination, Narco Armas, Discovery en Español, assistant producer
4-DAY HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT AND EMERGENCY FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE (HEFAT)