Argentinian producer Ana de Skalon died of breast cancer Feb. 17 in Havana. She was 53.

De Skalon was director of news and non-fiction programming at Argentina’s pubcaster Canal 7 and on the board of directors of Telesur, a South American state news net spearheaded by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to compete with CNN.

She began her career in Caracas, where she sought exile during Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship. She later worked at Channel 4 in London as a journo and producer before returning to Argentina.

She produced the award winning documentary “Evita la tumba sin paz” (The Unquiet Grave), the story of the dead body of the former first lady of Argentina Eva Peron. Her husband Miguel Bonasso, now a congressman in Argentina, wrote the script, while Tristan Bauer directed. Most recently, De Skalon was a production director of Bauer’s “Iluminados por el fuego” (Enlightened by Fire), a Malvinas/Falkland Islands War film penned by Bonasso that won best foreign film at the 2006 Goya film festival in Spain and was a hit at the box office in Argentina.

She is survived by her husband.

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