Nina Serrano's film making started with experimental 8 mm movie making in San Francisco the late 1960s. In 1968 she worked as researcher, sound technician and production assistant for the documentary film Fidel.
In 1970 worked as co director in Chile on the film What is to be Done/Que Hacer? filmed during the Allende election campaign. She received the Venice Film Festival prize for directing for this work along with Saul Landau and Raul Ruiz.
In 1976, she produced La Cantata de Santa Maria de Iquique with Humberto Martinez for Community Arts Workshop Open Studio and KQED. The Cantata de Santa Maria de Iquique is a narrative vocal composition with instrumental accompaniment recorded by the Chilean group Quilapayun on Paredon Records, USA. It describes a famous historic Chilean Labor struggle.
In 1979 she wrote and produced After the Earthquake/Despues del terremoto with Lourdes Portillo, a dramatic film set in the San Francisco barrio. The work received the Krakow International Short Film Festival prize and was aired on US television widely.
Next in 1983 was Back from Nicaragua made with her daughter Valerie Landau, and Julio Moline with KTEH TV which was aired on public TV nationally.
She is currently working on a video project with Andres Alegria and others about their radio work in the 1970s with Communicacion Aztlan, the first Latino radio collective.
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