2022 Chicken & Egg Award Recipient



A woman with dark skin, long, wavy black hair and black eyes sits on a bright red/orange sofa, her hands resting on the sofa's arm rest. She's smiling while looking into straight into the camera. She is wearing a long sleeve black dress with a V-neck,has on a turquoise necklace and matching earrings.Anayansi Prado is an award-winning Latina documentary filmmaker and educator born in Panama and raised in the US from the age of 13. Her independent productions focus on issues of undocumented immigration, indigenous rights and race identity, and have aired nationally on PBS. Her feature documentary work includes Maid in America (2005), about Latina domestic workers in LA; Children in No Man’s Land (2008), about unaccompanied immigrant minors crossing the US/Mexico border; Paraíso for Sale (2011), about American developers migrating to a rural island in Panama; and The Unafraid (2018), about undocumented students in Georgia. Anayansi is a Creative Capital Artist, a Rockefeller Media Fellow and a Film Expert for the State Department’s American Film Showcase. Her work has received support from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation: Just Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures, ITVS Development Fund, The Fledgling Fund, Latino Public Broadcasting, Paul Robeson Media Grant and Pacific Pioneer Fund. As an educator, she’s taught at various educational institutions including UCLA’s Film School, Chapman University and Cal State Northridge; as well as documentary filmmaking workshops across five continents. Anayansi holds a BS degree in TV & Film Production from Boston University. She resides in Los Angeles, CA.


Based on The New York Times Best Selling book My Grandmother’s Hands, Taming The American Soul is a documentary series that explores racialized trauma and a pathway to healing.

Witchin’ is a cultural documentary series that explores and honors Africana and Indigenous religious practices.