El Bastón — trailer
Reeling from grief, filmmaker Nemo Allen Maldonado follows his recently deceased mother’s footsteps to war-torn Cauca, Colombia, to document the struggle of the Indigenous Nasa. Confronted with a much more complex and dangerous environment than he had imagined, Nemo wonders why his mother repeatedly risked her life filming there in the early 90’s. Amidst the specter of death and violence, Nemo finds strength and hope in the Nasa’s Indigenous Guard, who protect their community with nothing more than decorated batons, and spirit.

15 min 13 sec.
Directed, produced, shot, & edited by Nemo Allen.

El Bastón premiered at DOC NYC, and also won a 2022 Student Award from the National Board of Review.
A Lamu Coal Plant — in production
On June 26th, 2019, the Supreme Court of Kenya halted plans to construct the country’s first-ever coal plant. Located near the 14th century settlement of Lamu, Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town and a World Heritage Site, the proposed plant has been met with fierce opposition from local activist groups. They fear the coal fired plant will spell the end of Lamu by devastating the marine ecosystem on which the community depends.​​​​​​​
Chim (Bird) — in production
Chim (Bird) offers a meditative exploration of Vietnam’s cultural relationship to kept forest birds. Singing sweetly in homes and outside shops from their cages, birds bring the essence of nature back into an increasingly urban environment. Men even gather in cafés and train their birds to compete with song against each other. But as the practice of keeping birds grows, more and more are taken from the wild to the point that, as one bird merchant asserts, "there are now more bids in Hanoi than in the forests."

Behind a Good Song
How will musicians survive in the age of streaming?

Behind a Good Song, winner of Best Musical Short at the 2017 NYC Chain Film festival, follows Signature Sounds, an independent, self-described “blue collar” Massachusetts record label as they strike for silver, and occasionally lift their artists to gold, only to be left behind.

28 min.
Co-directed, produced, filmed, & edited with Oskar Peacock.

Please contact nemoallen@gmail.com for password if you wish to view!
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