Juan C. Dávila

Born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Juan C. Dávila is a documentary filmmaker, news producer, and activist. His work focuses on climate justice, social movements, and colonialism. He is the director of the feature-length documentary film Simulacros de Liberación (2021), which was released in movie theaters around Puerto Rico. Previously he directed two mid-length documentary films: Compañeros de lucha (2012) and Vieques: una batalla inconclusa (2016). His filmography also includes the award-winning short film La generación del estanbai (2016), Aftershocks of Disaster (2020), Networked Education (2020), Rayito de sol (2021), and TV episodes for the series The Response (2019), and Puerto Rican Voices (2022-23). Dávila is a former senior producer at When We Fight, We Win! The Podcast! and news producer for the newscast Democracy Now! where he continues to contribute. His journalistic work has been featured in TeleSur, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, PBS, and The Indypendent in New York. He holds a BA in Communications from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico (2011) and a MA in Social Documentation (2015) and Latin American and Latinx Studies (2020) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dávila is currently directing a documentary about the life of community leader Carlos “Taso” Zenón and a short about the decline of fish populations in the Caribbean for LPB.

About Yolas en Rebeldía (Rebel Boats)

A documentary film about the life of Vieques fisherman and revolutionary, Carlos “Taso” Zenón. For decades Taso fought against the military occupation of his native land fighting the US Navy both on land and sea — it was the fisherman’s slingshot against the military cannons.


Yolas en rebeldía [Rebel Boats]


William Greaves Research & Development Fund

Hulu/Firelight Kindling Fund


2021 (William Greaves Research & Development Fund)

2023 (Hulu/Firelight Kindling Fund)



William Greaves Research and Development Fund
Hulu/Firelight Kindling Fund

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