is a film scholar and documentary filmmaker from Berlin. For over a decade, she has worked in the production of documentary and fiction projects directed by Jeremy Xido, Neco Çelik, Döndü Eylem Kiliç and others. Her directorial debut, Kıymet (2012), was featured at international film festivals including Documentarist Istanbul and was shown at the Kino Moviemento theater Berlin for one year. She received a Gerd Ruge Grant from the Film and Media Foundation North Rhine Westphalia for her feature documentary Kaya -The Rock and the Sea. Canan has published work in the field of German-Turkish cinema and intersectional feminism. She organizes and gives talks at film festivals and cultural centers, and lectures at universities including Braunschweig University of Art and Philipps University, Marburg.
Aletta von Viettinghoff
Aletta is a Berlin-based editor who has been working in documentary, fiction, and television for fifteen years. Her most recent film, Reise Nach Jerusalem won Best Film at the 2018 Achtung Berlin Film Festival. Her first feature documentary, Audre Lorde: the Berlin Years, was featured in the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, and has screened at over 100 festivals internationally. In 2013 she edited the feature documentary Creative Despite War, which was broadcast on Swedish Public Television. In 2015, she was selected as a Talent at the Berlin Film Festival, where she now organizes the editing track for each year.
Education & Community
is a New York-based filmmaker, educator, and program manager with over 15 years experience. Chrystian has committed his work to creating inclusive and empowering learning spaces for filmmakers, artists, educators, and community organizers. He currently serves as the Workshop Director at Third World Newsreel. Chrystian recently managed capacity building programs and learning networks with the Mozilla Foundation and Youth INC. Chrystian has also worked as a program leader and educator with organizations such as Global Action Project, Free Arts NYC, the Tribeca Film Institute, and Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
Christina is a filmmaker and cultural organizer. Awards include the Euromedia Award for Culture & Diversity (2011), a Media that Matters Change Maker Award (2012), and recognition from the German Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance (2015). Her short films and interactive work has been exhibited in over a dozen countries through festivals, schools, galleries, NGOs, and corporations. Commissions and grants include the New America Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and the German Ministry for Civic Education. She was a Fellow at Hedgebrook (2017) and the Port Townsend Film Festival (2015), and holds a BFA/BA from the New School & Parsons School of Design. Her work was recognized with a five-year MTV Fight For Your Rights Scholarship (2002) and a Humanity in Action Fellowship (2006), which she completed at the United Nations High Commission on Refugees in Berlin. FROM HERE is her first feature-length documentary.
Amy owns Nonfiction Media, a production company based in Seattle where she produces, shoots and edits films telling the stories of organizations around the globe. Since 2008, Amy has been working on a documentary trilogy about one family in Nepal. The first in the trilogy, Drawing the Tiger, was a granted project of the Sundance Institute and Fork Films. It premiered at Hot Docs in April 2015, and received the Documentary Feature Award from CAAM Fest, the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Asiatica Film Festival, and the UNICEF award at Film South Asia. The sequel, The Eldest Son, premiered at the Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival in 2017. The final film, Literate, is in production.
Theresa Navarro (@theresaxtine) is a Brooklyn-based Pin@y is an Independent Spirit Award nominated producer. She is the Vice President of External Affairs at American Documentary | POV. Her recent producing credits include the public television series AMERICA REFRAMED, CAAM funded sports documentary 9-MAN, and Jennifer Phang’s sci-fi feature ADVANTAGEOUS, which won the U.S. Competition Special Jury Prize for collaborative vision at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, CAAM nominated her as one of 15 women leaders to be recognized in honor of the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum.
is a Seattle-based composer and string performer. Her work ranges from solo compositions for film, theater, and dance, to the completion of three full length albums with the project Led to Sea, written, arranged and co-produced by Alex herself. She has collaborated as an improviser with musicians such as Wayne Horvitz, James Knapp, Samantha Boshnack, and Susie Ibarra. Her solo projects have performed across Europe and the U.S. She has also toured extensively over the last ten years as a string and keys player with musicians such as Angel Olsen, Laura Veirs, Lemolo, Mirah, Sera Cahoone, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Danny Barnes.
Co-Direction (Miman's Story)
She studied German Literature, and later Visual Communication at the Hochschule der Künste (HdK). During her studies at HdK, she directed her first film "Der Streit" (1996) about children in a Berlin refugee home, produced for NDR, a German television station. In 1999 she co-directed her second film together with Michael Hammon "Hilbrow Kids" (1999) an award-winning documentary about the street children in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the next years completed several films including: "Finden Sie ein Bild für das, was mit Ihnen ist" (2001) and "Schlangen im Feuer" (2002) and "Verliebt ins Leben" (2011).
Gisela Rosario Ramos
is an independent editor and
director, who has been working in the field of documentary for over twenty years. She began her career in New York and has been based in Puerto Rico full-time for the last fifteen years. Gisela was the editor of “Mi Santa Mirada,” the first Puerto Rican short film to compete in Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. She won first prize at the CineFiesta 2011 for her screenplay “Sábado de Gloria,” which she later produced. Her documentary “El Hijo de Ruby” won the Short Film category at the Kerry Festival in Ireland. Recently, she finished, Cartas de Amor, about a Puerto Rican diva singer now in her seventies. Gisela studied Black and Puerto Rican Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Fine Arts at Hunter College.
Associate Producer, Assistant Editor
Lotti is a Berlin-based editor working on the topics of migration, racism and social justice. She studied Spanish and French and holds a Master in Cultural, Communication and Media Studies. She currently works as an online editor in the Migration and Diversity division of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Starting as an assistant editor for FROM HERE in 2014, she quickly joined the core team of the With Wings and Roots initiative and got involved in the education and interactive work, as an editor of the German Timeline of migration history. She has been instrumental in the post-production process of the film as an assistant editor and associate producer.
Olga uses her multidisciplinary background to engage in socially relevant media and education projects. Parallel to working on several documentary productions, she teaches the Free University Berlin and Alice Salomon College. During her younger years, she was active in international peace and human rights work in Saint Petersburg, and graduated with a MA in “Ideology and Discourse Analysis” with the support of a scholarship DAAD. Born in Russia into a so-called “Aussiedler” (German-ethnic Russian) family, and growing up in a village in Germany her engagement in FROM HERE is the result of her persistent questioning of narrow definitions of identity.
Marc Holland-Cunz is a trained Social Scientist and number fancier. During a year long stay at the New School for Social Research in New York he hit on FROM HERE in 2011, and it has kept inspiring him ever since through its images, voices and people. After finishing his studies in Berlin, he has been working in research, education and anti-discrimination and is now reconquering his home Thuringia through teaching, music and family life. He contributed to the film and the project mainly on the administrative, grantwriting, and bookkeeping side.
Born in Iran in 1987, Siya's parents brought him and his family to Germany as refugees after being persecuted by the Iranian regime. He was raised and attended school in Berlin, where, following high school, he discovered his passion in video. Currently, he is completing a two year Media Production training program. Through this, he met Christina and was immediately excited about FROM HERE: the content, and the people behind it. Siya joined the team to help edit the material for both the interactive website and feature film.
Social Media Team
Karen Maniraho is a journalist that is constantly curious about the ways people interact with the systems around them. She is the daughter of Burundian immigrants and she believes that diverse storytelling can encourage critical change and thoughtful conversations about our identities, politics, and our rights across borders. Her work as a visual storyteller has focused on stories about race, gender, migration, and black and African diaspora culture. Karen is currently a graduate student at Columbia Journalism School. When she's not working, you can find her dancing to Afrobeat music or accepting film and podcast recommendations.
Social Media Team
Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker is an artist and creative currently attending Seattle University where they study filmmaking and sociology. They’ve been involved in Seattle based non-profits, Young Women Empowered (Y-WE), and Reel Grrls since they were fifteen years old doing organizing work, interning, working on Y-WE’s Youth Leadership Council, and more. Through this involvement, Ha’aheo met Christina when they were sixteen working on workshops through FROM HERE’s education initiative, With Wings and Roots. Ha’aheo is an audio technician on the Seattle podcast, the DeepEnd Podcast, and works in the Reel Grrls production company, Reel Grrls Pro. When they aren’t studying or working, you’ll find Ha’a watching and analyzing a good movie, researching their familial and cultural history as a Native Hawaiian, and painting.
Julien Scherliss, Moment Films
Dave Richards, The Department of Sound & Magic
With Wings & Roots Team:
Kettle Media Concepts,
Nigel Kettle & Maria Mendoza