CHARRO (Paul-Daniel Torres) work explores decolonization, intergenerational trauma, healing, and Latine machismo, frequenting topics of love (of people, places and things), politics, race, mental health, and identity. Employing an eclectic style inspired by growing up a part on the Latine diaspora in the multicultural mosaic of Toronto, his first artistic love Celia Cruz and his adhd. As a filmmaker he has had films screen all over the world, including NFFTY, TIFF NEXT WAVE, THE OFFICIAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORED BY HBO, REELWORLD, BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL and others. As a community worker he is a co-founder of student advocacy group “the table”, The Friendly Neighbourhood Screenwriting and Filmmaking Programs for Racialized Youth. As well, has been a facilitator/youth worker for five years, leading workshops on film, writing, poetry, photography, and harm reduction. Some of his favourite films are; “Do The Right Thing”, “When Harry met Sally”, “Forrest Gump” and “The Iron Giant”. The latter being the reason why he is hard of hearing in his left ear. (Like his favourite character in cinema, Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey). He also loves Ramy, his niece, his dog and acts too.
Paul-Daniel Torres is also the Creative Director of the videos in The Parallax Path project that you will see at the event and can see on Youtube.