Wil’ Prada is a cultural activist that loves capturing and creating stories through film. He was born in La Campiña, Lima, Peru and since a young age he’s been amazed by the night sky. Prada is undocumented and has used his art as a form of advocacy. 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’s travelled throughout the United States filming 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 immigrant youth with arts non-profit CultureStrike and the Casa Libre homeless youth shelter, which culminates in the youth’s journey to witness a total solar eclipse.