December 2017 – Family and War: Women Filmmakers Asserting the Personal


We co-promoted a panel discussion produced by IC3: Incubating Creativity, Community & Civic Engagement, featuring Ina Adele Ray and Sabereh Kashi presenting their films-in-progress and sharing personal and family stories on global conflict in Iran, Vietnam, and the U.S.

[Filmmakers at IC3]


September 2017 – Emerging Documentary Filmmakers of Color Convenings

We hosted two convenings in September and October 2017 with emerging documentary filmmakers of color. About 25 filmmakers participated in-person and online. We discussed challenges, trends, and solutions in distribution and funding of personal story films.

As a follow-up, we will be soliciting written feedback in a survey and will report back on the findings in early 2018.



May 2017 – Personal Perspectives in Asian American Documentary Film

[APICC event photo]

As part of the United States of Asian America Festival, we showcased four filmmakers in a panel workshop focused on personal stories in Asian American filmmaking.

This event was presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, funded by Grants for the Arts and SFAC.


  • Ina Adele RayLost Pictures A Vietnamese-Scottish-Irish American uncovers her Vietnamese grandparents’ identity and war-time stories, while coping with inter-generational trauma, 9/11 and its aftermath.
  • Sabereh Kashi —Home Yet Far Away An Iranian American reconciles two homelands in conflict. She explores the evolution of immigrant identity amidst stigma against Iran and Islam in American culture.
  • Jennifer Crystal ChienWaiting for Bekir An immigrant from Turkey lives an ordinary life in the U.S. while pursuing the American Dream. He is one amongst a community of international middle class immigrants.
  • Raeshma RazviSailor, Sufi, Spy Robert Darr is a white American who follows an unusual path of being asked to serve as the Sufi spiritual leader of an Afghan refugee community in the U.S