César is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. His most recent short-film, SUMAPAZ, tells the story of a farming community in one of the most important water reservoirs in the Andean mountains and their struggle to preserve their livelihoods while protecting the environment. He is currently working with Chris Ehrmann on a short-film about an indigenous leader in southern Colombia who is struggling to promote medicinal cannabis in a country with years of stigma around this and other traditional plants.
As an online and broadcast journalist, he has focused in environment, migration, the rights of indigenous communities and the challenges for the peace process in Colombia, among other topics.
In the US he has worked in Los Angeles Times and he has also reported with the French public network France 24. In 2020, just before the pandemic, César traveled to the Colombian border with Ecuador to report on the story of two female indigenous governors of the Siona people who protect their territory from armed groups and extractive oil companies. The multimedia work was part of the project Land of Resistants, which received a third price for Excellence in Environmental Journalism of the Fetisov Journalism Awards and was a Premios Gabo‘s finalist.
Among other works, César has told stories from the Colombian and Venezuelan frontier, the Amazon rainforest and from the areas once ruled by guerrilla groups in his country.
Master of Journalism
UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism
Universidad del Rosario
Journalism and Public Opinion
Universidad del Rosario
Political Science and Government
Los Angeles Times
Jun. 2022 - Aug. 2022
France 24 en Español
Sep. 2018 - Aug. 2021
Journalist & Production Manager
Foundation for Press Freedom, Colombia (FLIP in Spanish)
Sep. 2016 - Sep. 2018
Jan. 2013 - Apr. 2016
Journalist & web editor
AWARDS & HONORS
PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK
The Siona governors and their disputed territory 04/22/2020
On the Ecuadorian border, over two hours downstream from Puerto Asis in Putumayo, two Siona women – Milena Payoguaje and Martha Liliana Piaguaje – govern indigenous territories within one of Colombia’s most disputed areas. There is a company that wishes to extract oil and some seismic explosives that nobody knows whether or not they will be detonated.
Venezuelan children cross the Colombian border for school, amid political crisis 02/13/2019
Several children make the journey through the Venezuela-Colombia frontier every day to study. This work was produced while Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó planned to deliver international aid across the border.
REPORTING INTERESTSColombia, Decolonization, Ecology, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Communities, Latin America, Latinx Communities, Peace and Conflict, environmental science, migration