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The Last Partera

In rural Costa Rica, a 96-year-old midwife passes on the wisdom of her craft to a new generation of women fighting for their right to choose how they give birth.

  • Victoria Bouloubasis
    Un Buen Carnicero (A Good Butcher); Line Cooks at Home
  • Ned Phillips
    The Maestro
  • Pilar Timpane
    Santuario, Silent Beauty (in production)
  • Kelly Creedon
    Santuario, Farmsteaders, In This World, You Gave Me A Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    60 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    300,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Costa Rica
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Victoria Bouloubasis, Ned Phillips

Director Bios
Victoria Bouloubasis is a journalist, food writer and filmmaker. Her work aims to dispel myths about the Global South—its people and places—against the backdrop of complex social, political and personal histories. She has reported from the U.S. South, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Greece. Victoria is a 2018 James Beard Award finalist for local impact journalism and a 2018 AAN first place winner and 2019 finalist for immigration coverage. Her writing and films have appeared in various outlets including PBS, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Jezebel, Guernica. Bon Appetit and INDY Week, where she was food editor for two years and has been a chief contributor since 2008. Victoria is an 2017 IWMF Adelante fellow (El Salvador and Guatemala) and 2018 IWMF grantee (Guatemala), and 2018 associate in the UC Berkeley Investigative Journalism Program filmmaker workshop. She currently works as a producer for Markay Media on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series “A Chef’s Life.” In 2014 Victoria directed “Un Buen Carnicero,” a bilingual documentary by Vittles Films and Southern Foodways Alliance. The film goes behind the courtesies of a North Carolina butcher's counter to explore the complex realities of immigrant life while celebrating America's freedom and questioning its convenience. The film was selected for the 2015 PBS Online Film Festival, the 2016 Indie Grits Film Festival, and as the encore film of the 2015 NC Latin American Film Festival. It also aired on UNC-TV’s Reel South Short’s Program. She is part of the production team for the documentary short SANTUARIO (2018, with support from Tribeca). Victoria graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism-News Writing and a B.A. in Spanish. She graduated with an M.A. in Folklore-American Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016 and currently lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Ned Phillips is a filmmaker based in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated with honors from Goucher College and went on to earn a certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Since then, he has shot and edited multiple films, including the documentary feature Truth Underground(2016), which played at Cucalorus, RiverRun International Film Festival, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, and others. He currently works as an editor and cinematographer with Markay Media, which produces the Emmy-award winning PBS documentary series “A Chef’s Life”. Ned's directorial debut, "The Maestro" (2018), premiered at the RiverRun International Film Festival and will be playing at festivals throughout the year.

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