Nava Mau is a filmmaker, actress, and cultural worker. She is a mixed-race trans Latina from Mexico City and San Antonio, Texas. Most recently, Nava wrote, produced, directed, and starred in “Waking Hour,” a short film that is screening in festivals throughout North America. She also produced the short film “Lovebites,” and she appears next in the short film “Femenina.” She was recently selected as the G&E Fellow on the set of the upcoming documentary "Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen." Over the past 8 years, Nava has engaged in culture change work with community-based service providers, student organizations, and survivors of violence. She previously worked at Community United Against Violence in San Francisco, CA.
Nava’s long-term vision is to illuminate the stories of marginalized people in order to transform their access to resources. She received her BA in Linguistics & Cognitive Science from Pomona College, after studying in Paris and conducting research in Guadalajara, Mexico. Nava also worked with survivors of violence for three years; first with immigrant survivors as a legal assistant, and then as a peer counselor and advocate for LGBTQ survivors of violence. Her wide range of experience also includes curriculum development, workshop & dialogue facilitation, training, and public speaking. All of her work has revolved around questions of culture and how to collectively change it.