Photography, Film & Animation

PSYDEH innovatively uses camera and image to reflect truth, promote autonomy and inspire new thinking on how we deploy rights-based strategies to develop self-reliant communities from the bottom-up.

With our social-impact photography, film, and video, we:

(1) grow self-and communal-awareness,

(2) help people appreciate indigenous wisdom on organizing society,

(3) document PSYDEH’s work led by local partners, and

(4) create public experiences where people engage across boundaries such as language, culture, and nationality.

PSYDEH’s current staff photographers are Mexico City-based professional photographer Diogo Heber, the filmmaker Kevin Fitzpatrick and Senior Advisor Damon Taylor.

With our social-impact animation, we:

(1) offer visual and emotional stimulation when explaining our needed, unavoidably-complicated work to the marketplace, e.g., during our global crowdfunding campaigns,

(2) demonstrate to local indigenous partners with animated color, sound, and image how PSYDEH navigates with them our bottom-up fight against inequality, and

(3) use narratives to confirm truths that deepen our understandings of how much human beings share no matter our culture, class, and gender.

PSYDEH’s current animators are USA-based student Olivia Taylor and German-based entrepreneur Andre Stoffel.

Since 2013, we have produced video and films promoting our project work and partners. Our videos are designed to relay information. Our films are designed to move the viewer intellectually and emotionally.

In 2014/2015, we produced our first Traveling Exhibition.

In 2016, we used photography as a central element of our first fundraising event in Mexico City. In October, we produced our third exhibit at the Casa de Cultura de Tamaulipas in Mexico City. In November, we helped Tec de Monterrey students use photo and video at an event promoting our national crowdfunding campaign.

In 2017-2018, we produced a regional itinerant photo exhibit for the 3rd Regional Forum of Indigenous Women highlighting our work strengthening indigenous women’s participation in Mexico’s democracy.

We were thrilled to use cinema as a tool for deepening national awareness about PSYDEH and indigenous culture and gender discrimination in Mexican electoral processes at our largest public relations event yet in La Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City on January 27, 2018.

In collaboration with the Colectivo Cine Social CDMX, and with support from the Secretaria de Cultura, PSYDEH projected our early 2018 promotional film on the big screen as a trailer to a special screening to 180 foreigners and Mexicans. Post special screening of the Ernesto Contreras directed, award-winning film, Sueño en otro idioma, PSYDEH staff and indigenous women leader partners sat a panel of language experts and actors discussing how language is the heart of culture.  

In late 2016, we created an animated video “Fruits of Change” to market our first crowdfunding campaign (CLICK ON IMAGE TO RIGHT).

In late 2018, we set out to use animation as a teaching tool (CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW).