jessica beshir

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Jessica Beshir is a Mexican-Ethiopian writer, director, producer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn. Her feature directorial debut, Faya Dayi, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and screened around the world garnering many awards including the Grand Jury Prize & Fipresci Award at Visions du Reel, the Grand Jury Award at Full Frame, the Film Independent Spirit award and the ASC & IDA awards for best cinematography among others. Her early short films, Hairat, He Who Dances on Wood and Heroin have played in festivals including IDFA & Hot Docs. Beshir has been honored with grant support from The Sundance Film Institute, the Doha Film Institute and the Jerome Foundation.