Monoma Wali is a writer and teacher living in Los Angeles. Pamela Cohen has been producing social issue and educational documentaries for the past 25 years. Other films include In the Name of Democracy (1984), and Hope Street (1994). She currently teaches media arts and visual arts in Los Angeles. Catherine Ryan has been producing, directing and editing awarding-winning documentaries for over 20 years. In addition to Maria's Story her other films include: Soldiers of Conscience (2009) and The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez (1999). Ryan has also produced and directed documentaries for primetime network TV, including The Story of Mothers & Daughters (1997, ABC), The Story of Fathers & Sons (1999, ABC) and Teens (2000, WB).