Patricia Alvarez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology department at UC-Santa Cruz. She is working towards a designated emphasis in Film and Digital Media to complement her work in visual anthropology. Her intellectual and creative interests explore ethnography, documentary and other research-based art practices. Born and raised in Puerto Rico her photographic, video and installation work has been exhibited in the Caribbean and the US. Throughout her graduate career she has collaborated with independent documentary filmmakers in California. She is currently writing her dissertation and editing an ethnographic film on the supply chain of alpaca garments in Peru.