Peter Jan Honigsberg
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg began Witness to Guantanamo (WtG) in fall 2008, after realizing that no one was filming, collecting and preserving the voices and stories of Guantanamo. He modelled WtG after grassroots truth commissions and the Shoah Foundation’s collection of Holocaust survivor testimonies. Professor Honigsberg’s father, who fled Nazi Austria, was among the 52,000 video testimonies recorded by Shoah.
Prof. Honigsberg, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, conducts the interviews for WtG. He visited Guantanamo in 2007, and is the author of several books including Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror and Crossing Border Street: A Civil Rights Memoir. He has also written law review articles and blog pieces, including pieces for the Huffington Post. Professor Honigsberg is currently writing a book on his work with Witness to Guantanamo.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CINEMATOGRAPHER
Johnny Symons is an Emmy-nominated social issue documentary filmmaker. He has directed and produced four feature films: Daddy & Papa (PBS; Sundance premiere), Beyond Conception (Discovery Channel), Ask Not (PBS) and Out Run (PBS). He co-produced the Academy Award-nominated Long Night’s Journey Into Day (HBO; Sundance Grand Jury Prize). Symons has a master’s in documentary production from Stanford and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR & EDITOR
Eva Moss’ 10+ years working on award-winning and Emmy-nominated social issue documentaries for public television have honed her skills as a storyteller and facilitator of action. The films she has helped produce, edit, film and distribute have been widely used as tools to raise awareness and promote change. In particular her role as an engagement coordinator has made her appreciate the power of media to be used to further specific outreach goals- be those community, political, environmental, consumer, educational, or brand- building. She searches out unique stories that make us feel connected to one another and to the important issues of our time.
DIRECTOR OF AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
Adriana Puente is a strategic planning and development consultant to small businesses and nonprofits. Her work across a number of industries and functional areas makes her uniquely qualified to help clients develop strategies to achieve their mission and share the story of their brand with the world. She spent years working in operations, product strategy and marketing for one of the nation’s largest retailers. She has also worked as a legal and policy advocate for public offices and nonprofits in California, Texas and Washington D.C. As a writer, she continues to analyze the social relationships, institutions, and cultures that profoundly shape our lives and history, exploring society and how it can be changed for the better. Adriana is a trained teacher and lawyer, with a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.