Halima: Somali American Model
HALIMA is a short documentary that follows, Somali American supermodel and former refugee, Halima Aden, as she navigates her rise in a demanding New York fashion world and family expectations in the Midwest United States.
Distributor: Al Jazeera Witness
Roles: Co-Director, Director of Photography, Producer
Hondros: A Documentary
HONDROS is a feature documentary that follows the life and career of famous war photographer Chris Hondros by exploring the poignant and often surprising stories behind this award-winning photojournalist's best-known photos. Driven by a commitment to bear witness to the wars of our time after the events of 9/11, Chris was among the first in a new generation of war photographers since Vietnam. HONDROS explores the complexities inherent in covering more than a decade of conflict, while trying to maintain a normal life. It also examines the unknowable calculus involved in making split-second life and death decisions -- before, during and after his photos were made. Chris was killed in Libya in 2011, but he left a lasting impact on his profession that is still felt today.
Awards: 2017 Tribeca Film Festival - Audience Award, 2017 Hamptons Film Festival - Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, 2017 Denver Film Festival - People's Choice Awards
Role: Director of Photography and Producer
Sinjar to Lincoln: A Transmedia Story
Sinjar to Lincoln tells the story of August 2, 2014, when the Islamic State began killing and abducting thousands of Yazidis in Northern Iraq forcing the population to flee for their lives. As the massacre unfolded, Yazidis were desperately seeking help from their families in Lincoln, Nebraska USA.
This is a transmedia story collaboration with famed photographer, Benjamin Rasmussen, that utilizes compelling imagery and text messaging to show what Yazidis in Lincoln, Nebraska experienced in August 2014.
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Role: Co-Director and Co-Writer
Originally produced with support from VSCO