Filmmaker Bios

Since 1996, the auteur filmmaking team of Denis Paquette and Carmen Henríquez has produced, directed, shot and edited over fifty hours of documentary, series and multimedia content internationally. As co-principals of Vancouver based RealWorld Media Inc., and RealWorld Films Inc., Carmen and Denis' filmmaking interests are focused on themes of social, economic and environmental justice. Beginning in 1998 with their one hour Global Television documentary "Constant Companion", an exploration of addiction in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, intimate access to communities, characters, and locations have been the hallmarks of their stories and filmmaking style.

Graduates of the acclaimed Vancouver Film School, Carmen and Denis forged a hands on creative partnership that now spans two decades. "Twenty Years of Silence", an intimate portrait of Carmen's family growing up under Chile's military dictatorship, was the filmmakers first documentary outside North America. In addition to Closer To Home their more recent credits include the one hour TV doucmentary "The Road to Pascua Lama" (2009), the feature length documentary Cry of the Andes (2010, and the one hour documentary, "Wood, Steel and Ice" (2010) chronicling construction of the largest wood roof in the world - the 2010 Winter Olympic Skating Oval. In 2012, Carmen and Denis and producing and directing the international documentary series "Native Planet", six one hour TV episodes shot in New Zealand, Hawaii and throughout South America.

Both are married and reside with their families in Vancouver, Canada.