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Davina Pardo

Davina Pardo

Documentary Film and Video


Davina Pardo moved to Stanford from Toronto, Canada, where she was director David Cronenberg's assistant for two years. Before that, she was an editor for an online medical journal and a research assistant in psychology and women's health. She studied English and Photography at Amherst College.


Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2005

Yesterday in Rwanda

digital video

JUNE, 2005
A Rwandan genocide survivor remembers the past while rebuilding her life in Canada. Film images of Rwanda combined with video footage of Toronto reveal the texture of memory and a survivor's daily struggle to live with yesterday.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Jury's Citation Award, Black Maria Film Festival, 2006
Best Social Issue Film, International Student Documentary Competition, 2005
Broadcast on CBC TV show Zed, 2006
iSpy Community Film Night, Ottawa, 2006
Toronto International Film Festival, 2005
IFP Market, 2005
IFP Buzz Cuts, 2005
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2005
Next Reel International Film Festival, 2005
Whistler Film Festival, 2005
Reel Canada, 2005

Birdlings Two

16mm color film

JUNE, 2004
The filmmaker revisits a computer-animated film her father made when he was 20, exploring the relationship between art and invention, hopes and disappointment, and fathers and daughters.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Honorable Mention, Best Documentary Short,  Slamdance Film Festival, 2005
Broadcast on CBC TV show Zed, 2006
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2005
Pacific Film Archives Alternative Requirements show, 2005
MadCat Women's International Film Festival, 2005
Toronto International Film Festival, 2004
Tribeca Film Festival, 2005
Silverdocs, 2005
Moving Pictures: Canadian Films on Tour
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2004
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2004
Cinema Paradise Film Festival, 2004
Montreal Festival of Nouveau Cinema, 2004
Santa Fe Film Festival, 2004
Cinequest Film Festival, 2005
Florida Film Festival, 2005
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2005
True/False Film Festival, 2005


digital video

Co-directed by Katherine Leggett
MARCH, 2004
Plane spotters spend their weekends at the airport with cameras and pens poised, searching the runways and skies for planes to add to their life lists. Spotters asks two plane spotters what they see when they watch planes. Their answer is a meditation on photography and memory.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Jury Award,  Marin County Festival of Short Film and Video, 2004
Honorable Mention, Best Short Documentary,  Oakland International Film Festival, 2004
True/False Film Festival, 2005
Wisconsin Film Festival, 2005
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, 2005
Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2004
Real to Reel Film and Video Festival, 2004
Cantor Arts Festival, Stanford University, 2004

Mother's Milk

16mm black and white film


Breastfeeding comes naturally--for some mothers. At the Mothers' Milk Bank in San Jose, CA, a tension between the natural and the clinical is revealed.