UNITEDNOTIONS film was established in 2006 by independent filmmakers Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw with the motto of challenging the status quo. UNf is working against the TECHNO AUTHORITARIAN FUTURE. We believe in using technology as a tool to democratize storytelling.
We first began working together after travelling to Mauritania in 2005 where we made Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea, an investigative documentary about international corruption in the oil industry. In 2006, we went to the Sahara desert and shot Stolen, a feature film uncovering slavery in a UN-monitored refugee camp. Sparking worldwide controversy when it premiered at the Sydney Film Festival 2009, Stolen went on to screen in 80 film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, won sixteen awards and aired on PBS.
In 2015 we made The Bolivian Case, a film questioning the media’s racism in Norway, that premiered as a Special Presentation at Hot Docs. It was nominated for Premios Platino and Fenix and distributed by Ibermedia across Latin America to an audience of 625 million. We also joined forces with our friend and filmmaker Redelia Shaw at UnitedNotions film.
In 2017, we trekked over the Bolivian Andes for The Fight, documenting a protest by people with disabilities for their rights. Our short film was published by The Guardian, won the Doc Dispatch Award at Sheffield Doc Fest, a Walkley Award in Australia, Best Short at the International Human Rights Festival in Sucre, was nominated for the IDA Awards and was a Rory Peck Sony Impact Award finalist.
In 2017, our film Cocaine Prison, shot in a Bolivian jail over four years, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim and won the Audience Award at Cinelatino in Toulouse 2018. Cocaine Prison opened in cinemas across France, aired on WORLD Channel across the US, and was picked up by Amazon for their streaming service.
In 2020, The Devil and the Sun, the first episode of our digitally hand-made virtual reality animation series Prison X was selected to premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2021.
UnitedNotions film is supported by the Sundance Film Institute, MacArthur Foundation, WORLD Channel PBS, the Guardian, MIT, Latino Public Broadcasting, Open Society Foundations, Chicken & Egg, Bertha Doc Society, Puma Britdoc, IDFA Bertha, Cinema du Monde, CNC, Strasbourg Film Fund, Screen NSW, Screen Australia, the Norwegian Film Institute and Señal Colombia among others.