Sílvia Leindecker is a Brazilian documentary film maker, a philosopher and independent photographer who has shot for the Spanish news agency EFE, Germany's Politik magazine, and numerous independent projects, advertisement and film productions. Michael Fox is a freelance journalist, translator, reporter and documentary film maker based in South America.
He is a former staff reporter for Venezuelanlaysis, a radio correspondant for Free Speech Radio News, and his articles have been published with Yes Magazine, Earth Island Journal, NACLA and The Nation online. Last year, Michael and Sílvia helped to co-found the internet Radio Venezuela en Vivo, which broadcasted live coverage from Venezuela's Constitutional Reform Referendum.
Based in between Venezuela and Brazil, Michael and Sílvia have for many years been researching and covering the growth in the region's participatory democracy- cooperatives, Brazil's participatory budgeting and Venezuela's communal councils. Michael's and Sílvia's first full length documentary film "Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas" was released in September 2008. It takes viewers across the Americas to attempt to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy?
Grassroots Voices from the Bolivarian Revolution
Participatory Democracy and Cooperatives in Venezuela and Brazil
Brazil's participatory budgeting and Venezuela's communal councils
Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas
Building Popular Power in Venezuela
Latin American Social Movements & Progressive Governments
If you would like to plan a speaking event with Mike Fox or Silvia Leindecker, please email them at estretiomei [at] gmail [dot] com mike [at] beyondelections [dot] com