Barbara Martinez Jitner
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Filmmaker and Human rights activist, Barbara Martinez Jitner, is the inspiration for the Jennifer Lopez film Bordertown. Martinez Jitner posed as a worker in a factory on the Mexican border in order to uncover a dark world of grueling poverty and sexual abuse that has led to over 400 women being murdered in the border town of Juarez, Mexico. Her documentary, La Frontera, is the basis for Bordertown which focuses on this Femicide.
Diversity speaker Barbara Martinez Jitner is the only Latina to be nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy as a Writer/Executive Producer in the Miniseries category. She received these nominations for AMERICAN FAMILY: Journey of Dreams, the first Latino dramatic series in the history of broadcast television. She began her career as an award-winning documentarian producing Showtime’s An American Tapestry.
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