Wil’ Prada is a cultural activist that loves capturing and creating stories through film. He was born in the ghetto streets of Lima, Peru and since a young age he’s been amazed by the night sky. Ironically, he’s also an alien. Undocumented, that is. But also unafraid and unapologetic of his immigration status. After obtaining his BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, he became more involved in the grassroots immigrant rights movement, where he became a skilled media communicator after seeing the need to amplify marginalized undocumented immigrant voices.
Through years of experience in the non-profit and union sectors, involvement in science programs throughout his life including current membership in the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, and a dedication for the craft of film, Prada has developed a unique lens.
He has travelled throughout the United States shooting and screening his films with various organizations. His latest short film, Izel, was screened at the Houston Natural Science Museum in IMAX as a finalist of the NASA co-founded international film competition Cinespace16. He is currently co-directing a film involving unaccompanied immigrant youth with arts non-profit CultureStrike and the Casa Libre homeless youth shelter, which will culminate in the youth’s journey to witness this August’s total solar eclipse in Idaho.