Reinventada - participatory filming women's realities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Medellín

Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)

Online (via Zoom)


Dr Sonja Marzi

Dr Sonja Marzi

LSE Fellow in Qualitative Methods

Mark Saunders

Mark Saunders

Founder of Spectacle Production and filmmaker

Maria Fernanda Carrillo Sanchez

Maria Fernanda Carrillo Sanchez

Communication and Culture Lecturer, University of Mexico City (UACM)


Dr Ryan Centner

Dr Ryan Centner

Assistant Professor of Urban Geography, LSE

The pandemic has propelled us to reinvent our ways of working, connecting, thinking, existing. ‘Reinventada: the realities of women in Medellín during the pandemic’ synthesizes this multidimensional reconstruction process.

Made in collaboration with women in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Medellín (Colombia) and as a response to travel restriction due to the health crisis, the research team of this project, led by Dr Sonja Marzi (Department of Methodology, LSE), developed an innovative remote participatory video approach to continue co-production research.

Over a period of 10 months, project participants were trained on how to best use their smartphones and available technology to film and edit a documentary that discussed the impact of the pandemic on their everyday lives. The majority of these women are head of household, have care responsibilities, and work in the informal economy. Therefore, COVID-19 had a particularly intense effect in their personal and professional routines.

In this event, we will screen the film that resulted from this collaborative work, followed by an introduction and reflection on the remote participatory video process by the research team - consisting of researchers and filmmakers based in the UK, Colombia, and Italy.

The screening of the film will take place at 4.15PM.

The panel discussion, followed by the Q&A, will start at 5PM.

It will be possible to watch the documentary from a week before the event through a link that will be sent to registered participants. Those who have watched the film before the event can choose to join at 5PM for the discussion and Q&A only.

Find out more about the 'Reinventada' project here.


Meet our speakers and chair:

Dr Sonja Marzi (
Sonja Marzi is an LSE Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the Department of Methodology and an Associate Academic at the Latin America and Caribbean Centre. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on gendered urban challenges and inequalities in Colombia; cutting across the fields of Geography, Anthropology and Sociology. In particular, her research aims to push the boundaries of collaboration and participatory research designs under remote conditions, focusing on (re) conceptualising gendered urban challenges in Colombia. Building on cutting-edge methods of using audio-visual digital methods (e.g., film and video) to co-produce knowledge, her work centres the voices of made marginalised women and contributes to new understandings about their relationship to urban space.

Mark Saunders (
Mark Saunders is an award-winning independent filmmaker, media activist, and lecturer. He has been engaged in participatory media practices since the very first UK community video projects in the early 1980s, he founded the groundbreaking community access media co-operative Despite TV in 1982 and Spectacle Productions in 1990.
Mark’s films have been broadcast internationally and exhibited at galleries, including Tate Britain, the National Film Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Musee des Beaux-Arts, the National Media Museum, and the Photographers Gallery.

Maria Fernanda Carrillo Sanchez (
Maria Fernanda Carrillo is a Sociologist and filmmaker. Currently, she is a lecturer in Communication and Culture at the Audio-visual Media Laboratory at the Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM). Maria has a Master in Documentary Filmmaking from the University Centre of Cinematographic Studies at UNAM and a Master in Social Sciences (FLACSO). She has extensive experience in film creation and direction, sound and editing of documentaries. Her research focuses on audio-visual anthropology, documentary cinema, collective action, gender, and historic memory using methods of communitarian and collaborative processes of audio-visual production.

Dr Ryan Centner (
Dr Centner is a sociologist, geographer, urbanist, and development scholar whose diverse research portfolio revolves around a core interest in urban transformation at the nexus of social, spatial, and cultural change. He focuses on how the built environment as well as people’s conditions and experiences are linked together, always with a view to how shifting broader projects and circumstances mediate these. His past and ongoing research ranges across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific Northwest (Canada/US). He is the organiser of the guest speaker seminar series for the Urbanisation, Planning & Development cluster at the LSE, and has held visiting affiliations in Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Los Angeles, and Paris. At the end of each academic year, Dr Centner leads the undergraduate geography field course in Havana, Cuba. He is committed to bringing fieldwork and the geography of ideas into critical conversation as part of the transnational development and circulation of urban theory.