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Marjan Safinia

Director, Producer, Field Builder
Department of Expansion
Participates in 4 items

Marjan Safinia is an Iranian documentary filmmaker whose films examine identity, community and social justice. Together with Grace Lee, she produced and directed AND SHE COULD BE NEXT, a two-part documentary series about women of color transforming American politics from the ground up, which debuted as POV’s first ever series in June 2020. SEEDS, tells the story of ten brave teenagers from the world’s most troubled conflict zones living side-by-side for one life-changing summer. BUT YOU SPEAK SUCH GOOD ENGLISH explores the first-generation immigrant experience from an insider perspective. Collectively her films have played at over 100 international film festivals and been broadcast in North America, Europe and across the Arab world. She has produced and directed work for Google Founder Sergey Brin, the Obama administration, and Hillary Clinton’s Next Generation. Her work has been supported by IDA Enterprise Fund, Ford Foundation, MacArthur and Sundance Institute, Doc Society, and she is also Sundance Catalyst Fellow. Until 2018, Marjan was the longest-serving President of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association (and the first woman of color to lead this organization since it was founded in 1982.) She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Chicken & Egg Pictures. She co-hosts the longest-running online documentary community, The D-Word, and is a regular juror, programmer, speaker and connector of all things documentary. She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Documentary Branch.

Sessions in which Marjan Safinia participates

Tuesday 27 September, 2016

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
8:15
8:15
Breaking the Ice
1 hour, 8:15 - 9:15

Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study - 1st Floor Conference Room

Doug Block, The D-Word (Moderator)

Erica Ginsberg, The D-Word (Moderator)

Marjan Safinia, Department of Expansion (Moderator)

9:30
9:30
Welcome to Getting Real '16
15 minutes, 9:30 - 9:45

Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study - Linwood Dunn Theater

Simon Kilmurry, International Documentary Association (Participant)

Marjan Safinia, Department of Expansion (Participant)

Randy Haberkamp, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Participant)

10:30
10:30
The State of Documentary: Where are We? What's Next?
1 hour 30 minutes, 10:30 - 12:00

Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study - Linwood Dunn Theater

Caty Chattoo, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University School of Communication (Participant)

Marjan Safinia, Department of Expansion (Moderator)

Michael Bracy, Policy in Focus (Participant)

Angelica Das (Participant)

Arthur Dong, DeepFocus Productions, Inc. (Participant)

Anayansi Prado, Impacto Films (Participant)

Thursday 29 September, 2016

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
17:15
17:15
The Wrap Up
30 minutes, 17:15 - 17:45

Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study - Linwood Dunn Theater

Simon Kilmurry, International Documentary Association (Moderator)

Randy Haberkamp, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Moderator)

Marjan Safinia, Department of Expansion (Moderator)