Canan is a filmmaker born in Turkey, and raised in Berlin. Her directorial debut "Kiymet" (2012, 26 min) had its theatrical premiere in Berlin, and she recently received the prestigious Gerd Ruge Fellowship for its development into a feature documentary entitled: Kaya - The Rock and the Sea. Canan has programmed short films for the Duhok Film festival, worked as production assistant for the 2009 Docúpolis International Film Festival Barcelona, and for the production company Bramkamp Weirich. She holds a BA in Cinema Studies from Freie Universität Berlin, and an MA in Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths College London.
Aletta von Viettinghoff
Aletta is a Berlin-based editor who has been working in documentary, fiction, and television for ten years. Her most recent film, “Riese Nach Jerusalem” won Best Film and the Special Ex-Berliner Prize at the 2018 Achtung Berlin Film Festival. Her first feature documentary, “Audre Lorde: the Berlin Years,” was featured in the Panorama section of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, and has screened at over 100 festivals internationally. In 2013 she edited the feature documentary “Creative Despite War,” which broadcasted on Swedish Public Television. In 2015, she was selected as a Talent at the Berlin Film Festival, and she organized the Editing track of the Berlin Talents in 2019.
Gisela Rosario Ramos
Gisela 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.
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). Holding screenings in a dozen countries–her work is shown in diverse contexts from Google Headquarters, to NGOs to film-festivals. Commissions and grants for her work include the New America Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and the German Ministry for Civic Education. She was an Fellow at Hedgebrook (2017) and the Port Townsend Film Festival (2015). With a BFA/BA from the New School & Parsons School of Design, she graduated with honors. 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 a personal project that grew from questions of how to advance racial equity in an era of globalization, and the search for her own sense of belonging in the context of generational migration.
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 doc trilogy about one family in Nepal. Drawing the Tiger, the first film, was a granted project of the Sundance Institute and premiered at Hot Docs in April 2015. It was awarded the Best Feature Jury prize by the Northwest Film Forum, the Documentary Feature Award from CAAM Fest, the Jury Award for the 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. Amy is a founding member of the Seattle Documentary Association is passionate about supporting filmmakers in their process.
Theresa Navarro (@theresaxtine) is a Brooklyn-based Pin@y interdisciplinary producer and cultural worker who collaborates with arts and educational organizations around the country. Her work focuses on lived experiences and media representations of local, global, and virtual negotiations of race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, community/identity. Recent credits include: Chinatown sports documentary 9-MAN; Independent Spirit Award Nominee and Sundance Special Jury Award winner ADVANTAGEOUS. She now serves as Associate Producer on the Emmy-nominated public television series AMERICA REFRAMED and on staff with the Filipino American Museum startup FAM. In 2011, Theresa was recognized as one of 15 Asian Pacific American Women Leaders and has presented her work at various academic and industry-specific panels at AFI SilverDocs, Allied Media Conference, and the annual Asian American Studies Conference, among others. She currently resides in Brooklyn and lectures with the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter.
Co-Director, 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).
Alex Guy is a Seattle-based composer and string performer. Her work ranges 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 Laura Veirs, Mirah, Sera Cahoone, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Danny Barnes.
Impact Producer, Assistant Editor
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.
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 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, which inspired him through its images, voices and people. After finishing his studies in Berlin he is now working mainly on a research project about linking measures against discrimination and school-based social work.