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Samanta (no “h”) Helou Hernandez is a freelance multimedia journalist, photographer, visual storyteller, and producer. She uses video, photo, text, and audio to create narratives about culture and identity through a Latinx lens.

Her work has been featured in publications such as LA Weekly, KCET, and Remezcla among others. 

Last year, Samanta served as a lead researcher and story producer for a documentary series about Latinos and cannabis. Currently, she’s an associate producer for “A Woman’s Work,” an upcoming documentary about wage theft in NFL cheerleading.

In 2017, Samanta created @ThisSideofHoover, an Instagram account archiving a quickly gentrifying neighborhood in Los Angeles. The project has been covered by L.A. Taco and Hyperallergic. Last April she spoke about the project at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Her photos were recently exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Samanta was an Annenberg Fellow at USC where she received her M.A. in Arts Journalism in 2017.

She is available for assignments and production opportunities. You can contact her via email or probably find her dancing cumbia at La Cita. Viva la Vida!

Email: samantahelou@gmail.com

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