Emily Cohen Ibañez

Reversa Films

Emily Cohen Ibañez is a Colombian-American filmmaker who tells stories about the complex relationship between the United States and Latin America. The National Science Foundation, Fulbright Colombia, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation amongst others have supported her research, writing, and films.  

Her documentary Bodies at War/MINA (2015) premiered at El Festival de Cine de Bogotá where it was nominated for a UNICEF award. She was a cinematographer for
Bronx Obama (2014) directed by Ryan Murdock, which won Best of Fest at AFI Docs. Her short film Iraq Veterans Against the War Perform Operation First Casualty (2007) premiered at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.  

She earned her doctorate in Anthropology (2011) at New York University and was a Wenner-Gren Fellow in Ethnographic Film at UC Santa Cruz from 2016-2017, working on her film, Virtual War currently in post-production. She was a two-time finalist for the Sundance New Frontier Lab for this film. She is currently in early production for her documentary series, Ashley’s Story, about a Mexican-American teenager who dreams of being the first in her family to go to college. Emily is a semi-finalist for the Sundance Development Fellowship for this project. She is currently running a crowdfunding campaign for Ashley’s Story at http://www.seedandspark.com/fund/ashleys-story-documentary