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Maya Cueva

Panelist

Film Director & Producer

Maya is a Latina award-winning director and producer with a background in documentary, radio, and audio production. She was a Netflix Nonfiction Director and Producer fellow, where she worked on a documentary feature and series. She was also listed on DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 Filmmakers, co-presented by HBO Documentary Films. Maya’s work has been featured on The New Yorker, NPR’s All Things Considered, Latino USA, The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, and National Geographic. She received a student Emmy for her short film, The Provider, and her feature film, On the Divide, premiered in the documentary competition at Tribeca Film Festival in 2021. She was also a Sundance Ignite fellow in 2019. Her most recent short documentary, Ale Libre, was acquired by The New Yorker and was selected to screen at several Oscar-qualifying festivals, including Big Sky Documentary Festival, Hot Docs, Aspen Film Festival, and SFFILM. On the Divide was broadcast on POV on PBS in Spring 2022, reaching over a million viewers, and has screened around the world. Her current documentary in production follows the story of her grandfather, Dr. Quentin Young, who was the personal physician to Fred Hampton and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explores his fight for free healthcare, which triggered FBI surveillance and harassment.