Films by Filmmaker
Patricia Goudvis has worked as an independent producer since 1986 and before that as a still photographer, focusing on Central America, especially Guatemala. She received a M.A. degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 and a B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1976. She was the producer, co-director, writer, narrator and sound recordist for If the Mango Tree Could Speak (video, 58 minutes, English, Spanish and international versions, 1993). This documentary intimately portrays ten boys and girls -- ages 12 to 15 -- growing up in the midst of war in Guatemala and El Salvador. Pat Goudvis also produced and directed Dirty Secrets: Jennifer, Everardo & the CIA in Guatemala, which follows U.S. lawyer Jennifer Harbury's courageous search for her missing husband Everardo -- a Mayan rebel leader -- which unexpectedly reveals the dark legacy of decades of CIA complicity in Guatemalan human rights abuses. In the summer of 2005, Pat completed a documentary called Goodbye Baby, which explores the controversy over adoptions from Guatemala. She is the mother of two children adopted from Guatemala and lives in the Boston area, where she is available to speak at screenings of her videos.