Mike Shum is a Chinese-American filmmaker who specializes as a director/cinematographer.  He started in video journalism in 2009 working in and out of east and central Africa. Since then he's covered stories ranging from eastern Congo's (DRC) M23 rebels to the rise of ISIS in northern Iraq. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where he was a finalist for a National News and Documentary Emmy.

He is the director of photography and a producer on Hondros, a feature documentary about famed photojournalist Chris Hondros, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival where it received the prestigious Audience Award. Hondros can be viewed on Netflix.

He is also a co-director and producer of Halima, a documentary about a former refugee and Somali American supermodel as she navigates her rise in a demanding New York fashion world and family expectations in the Midwest United States. Halima can be viewed on Witness Al Jazeera’s website.

He is based in Denver, Colorado USA. 


The New York Times, National Geographic, Time Magazine, The Guardian Newspaper, Human Rights Watch, France 24, The Weather Channel, The Atlantic Monthly, People Magazine, Vocativ, VICE News on HBO, USA Today, The Economist, CNN International, Studionow 


  • 2019 Sundance Film Festival Selection for Hail Satan!

  • 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Documentary First Place for Hondros

  • 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Selection for Hondros under Spotlight Documentary

  • 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Selection for The Last Animals under Spotlight Documentary

  • 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Award Finalist for Surviving an ISIS Massacre under the Outstanding Interview category

  • 2014 New York Times Publisher's Award for Surviving an ISIS Massacre

  • 2014 Digiday's Best in Show Award for Surviving an ISIS Massacre

  • 2014 Digiday's Best Use of Video for Surviving an ISIS Massacre