Episode #115: Listen Courageously to the WHY Behind the Story with Juliana Tafur

By Barbara Bray

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Juliana Tafur is an award-winning filmmaker and content director committed to using the power of film to generate consciousness about some of the most pressing issues of our time. She has been on a listening journey for the past four years – first, as she produced/directed the documentary “List(e)n”, later as she created the Listen Courageously movement, and now, as she facilitates workshops on the power of navigating our differences through listening, alongside her team. She runs Orkidea Films – which is at the intersection of film.
Juliana’s Background
Juliana grew up in Columbia and went to an American school where she learned English. Her family moved to the United States seeking political asylum when she was 15. She was not able to go back to Columbia until twelve years later. Juliana went to Northwestern to study journalism and went to Egypt to do a story on the Sudanese refugees. Juliana’s traveled across the world finding the human side to every story, from Sudanese refugees in Egypt to people who live off recyclables in the biggest trash dump in Guatemala. She’s profiled some of the most resilient individuals in the Americas and lived under extreme conditions for productions in Peru’s guano islands, the Amazon rainforest, and the Uyuni Salt Flats – to name a few. Juliana Tafur’s films use psychology as a means to understand those around us, drawing on her own upbringing by two psychologists who used to run corporate training programs. 

Orkidea Films
Orkidea Films specialize in the creative development and execution of documentaries and series with societal impact. Their mission is to use the power of a good story. With over 15+ years of expertise in TV and filmmaking, they bridge worlds, ignite action, and bring about change. Their films are known to spark movements with social impact virtual programs offered across universities, organizations, and corporations. 
List(en) Courageously Film
List(e)n (80 minutes) invites people with opposing viewpoints on some of our most divisive issues – guns, abortion, and immigration — to listen to each other. The documentary features participants whose personal lives deeply intertwine with the topics, including one of the survivors of the Parkland, FL school shooting.
“List(e)n revealed how by ‘seeing’ our ‘enemies’ eye-to-eye, our judgment can dissolve, and we can heal our divides and mend our hearts. Listen Courageously, in turn, has shown that our perceptions don’t identify us and that as humans we can strive for meaningful connections, regardless of what may ‘separate us’. Recognizing that the ‘us vs them’ mentality hasn’t served us is the first step to long-lasting change.”
Pitch for “List(en”
List(en) Courageously Workshops
Listen Courageously is an immersive virtual workshop designed to make people more aware of their listening blocks and better able to engage in heart-centered conversations that lead to understanding. During the workshops, we use the documentary as a listening and engagement tool. Inspired by our methodology for conflict mediation, we invite participants to work on their own listening skills, in small groups, with our trained facilitators.

Juliana Tafur is an award-winning trilingual content director and journalist committed to using the power of film to generate consciousness about some of the most pressing issues of our time. Through her 15 years in the industry, she’s worked as Executive Producer, Content Director,  Story Producer, and Scriptwriter for Discovery, National Geographic,