Injustice and oppression are based on socio-economic, political, and environmental exclusions and inequalities throughout our society. Often times however, it is difficult to discover approaches for the more privileged to understand and relate to the exclusions and inequalities faced by those who are marginalized. It is our job as creative media makers to find ways that effectively translate these issues and push people to want to understand and challenge the factors at the root of injustice. In a global world we are all connected. We are dedicated to revealing those connections through the creation of dynamic media that emboldens social movements with the fodder to challenge injustice.

To a great extent that means not being afraid to take sides. From the get-go Human Pictures has been committed to work exclusively on projects that contributed to the struggle for justice and social change, striving always to create truly complex work; and embracing complexity above notions of objectivity and neutrality. We stress creativity, beauty, and quality in everything we do, while simultaneously ensuring that our projects have a clear purpose; we want our creativity to translate in some way into a direct contribution toward tipping the balance in favor of the least favored.

Through social documentaries, narrative films, and advocacy films, Human Pictures seeks to move beyond the role of a production company and establishes itself as a multimedia movement for social transformation.


JUAN CASTANEDA, Creative Director

Uniting a group of people willing to create a voice against the abuse of humanity has been my dream since I was 15. From then to now I’ve been studying and working, polishing my skills and broadening my horizons, all in an effort to make this idea something tangible and effective.

I’ve worked in films, documentaries and basically anything and everything under the sun. I’ve learned to become resourceful and to have technology always in reach to aid me in completing every project to the highest possible degree. Each experience has given me something that is now being used to fuel this voice, to make it louder, to bring more people together.

JUAN MEJIA, Social Documentary Director

I am an activist, researcher, and filmmaker, with a long-term political commitment with communities who have experienced massive cultural or territorial disruption, and who find themselves under or misrepresented by the dominant media. I have worked for years as a documentarian all over Latin America with a firm belief that there is no inherent contradiction between active political commitment and artistic pursuit; to the contrary, these can converge, complement and fortify each other.

As a member of Human Pictures I share the belief that through complex, powerful storytelling we can contribute to the struggle for social justice and trasformation.

JUAN YEPES, Producer

I consider myself an engineer at my core. Discovering how things work has always fascinated me. After my engineering studies I realized that understanding the way things function wasn’t enough, methodology without purpose seemed empty. I needed to apply my knowledge and curiosity to something worthy of exploration, what better focus than humans.

Through the work we do, I’m constantly trying to figure out better ways to do what we do. Whether it’s analyzing a project that needs re-structuring, or developing a more efficient workflow.

I now feel that I do not only understand how the wheel spins; I’m actually spinning it with a direction, with a purpose that will help people in the end. I believe I’ve filled the void.

RICARDO ANGULO, Field Producer

Empiric, innate photographer, almost half of my life I have been looking for unique images. I have been a documentary field reporter for over a decade now, which has allowed me to interact with and learn from disadvantaged populations. I have observed their situation, and their ways of life. This work has given me a different way to see the world, and a way to give meaning to what my camera captures.

Traveling through remote communities in moorlands, deserts, mountains, glaciers, forests and beaches I have witnessed incredible moments, and while hypnotized by them, I feel the desire to capture these in a still image. These unique moments urge me to share what I see and feel with the world.

OLIVIA HEFFERNAN, Production Coordinator

I am a journalist and documentary filmmaker. My work focuses on labor organizing, immigration policy, prison abolition as well as the intersection of all three. I graduated from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). My work has been featured in The Nation, Jacobin, The Marshall Project, The Appeal, NY Daily News, Brooklyn Eagle and more.