LISA VALENCIA-SVENSSON is an award-winning documentary film producer based in Toronto. CALL HER GANDA, directed by PJ Raval and supported by numerous funders including the Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute, will world premiere in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. Her first feature length documentary, HERMAN’S HOUSE (Full Frame, 2012) told the story of a man who spent more than forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana. It won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was broadcast on PBS’ documentary series POV. Her second feature MIGRANT DREAMS (Hot Docs, 2016), about migrant women workers in Canadian greenhouses, won the Canadian Hillman Prize, a Canadian Association of Journalists award, and was a Top Ten Audience Favourite at Hot Docs. HERMAN’S HOUSE and MIGRANT DREAMS were both nominated for the Canadian Screen Award: Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/ Political Documentary. She associate produced several films, including THE WORLD BEFORE HER (Tribeca, 2012), LONE TWIN (IDFA, 2011) and THE MARKET (IDFA, 2010). Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice, and which encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens.


NY Times review, Herman's House 

NPR review, Herman's House

Emmy win, Herman's House

CBC The Current radio interview, Migrant Dreams

Toronto Star article, Migrant Dreams