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geeta gandbhir

Director/Producer Geeta Gandbhir has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and won two. As editor, her films have been nominated twice for the Academy Award, winning once, and have also won four Peabody Awards. Most recently, she co-directed the feature documentary "I Am Evidence" for HBO and a short film, "Love the Sinner." Both films premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.  Her feature documentary, "Prison Dogs," which she co-directed with Perri Peltz, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and a feature documentary she directed with Academy Award winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, "A Journey of A Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers,"  premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and will be broadcast on PBS in 2018. She is also currently co-directing and co-producing a "Conversation on Race" series with The New York Times Op-Docs, which won an Online Journalism Award for Online Commentary, an AFI Documentary Film Festival Audience Award for Best Short, and garnered a MacArthur Grant. She also co-directed and edited the film, "Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr.," with Perri Peltz for HBO which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014.


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Director/Producer/Cinematographer Asad Faruqi is an Emmy Award nominated cinematographer, photographer and filmmaker. Over the past six years he has shot a number of award-winning films, including 2016’s Academy Award winning film, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” and 2012’s Academy and Emmy Award winning film, “Saving Face.” Other notable works include Emmy and Alfred I Dupont Award winning, “Pakistan’s Taliban Generation,” “Song of Lahore,” “Peacekeepers: A Journey of a Thousand Miles,” and “Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret.” Asad’s work has been featured on HBO, The New York Times, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, SBS, and Arte. This is his first time directing a feature film.


FLÁVIA dE SOUZA, Editor/Co-Producer

Flávia de Souza Flávia de Souza is a documentary editor working in New York City. She edited “Open Heart,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 and aired on HBO. De Souza’s other documentary credits include “Song of Lahore,” “The Carrier,” and “Buried Above Ground.” De Souza’s work for television includes “Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry” for ESPN 30 for 30 and "Rancher Farmer Fisherman,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be broadcast on the Discovery Channel in 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Graphic Design from Rio de Janeiro’s State University (UERJ), and an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts.



Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. Her most recent film, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject and was screened for Pakistan’s Prime Minister and government officials to raise the need for an anti-honor killing bill, which was subsequently passed in Parliament.

In the past 15 years, she has made over a dozen multi-award winning films in over 10 countries around the world, working with refugees and marginalized communities from Saudi Arabia to Syria and from Timor Leste to the Philippines. Her work has been aired locally and internationally on channels spanning 4 continents including, HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery channel. In 2015, Sharmeen released her first two feature-length documentaries, “Song of Lahore,” and “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival respectively. She currently runs a production house in Karachi, SOC films, which specializes in investigative and socially motivated content and an animation studio known as Waadi Animations, which released Pakistan’s first animated feature film, “3 Bahadur,” last year.

In 2012, TIME magazine included Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year, the Pakistan government awarded her a Hilal-e-Imtiaz, a national honor for her work in the field of arts. In 2013, the Canadian government awarded Sharmeen a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos. In 2014, the Asia Society in New York honored her with an Asia Game Changer Award, which recognized 12 individuals making a positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.


PERRI PELTZ, Executive Producer

Perri Peltz is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and public health advocate who most recently directed the HBO documentary, “WARNING: This Drug May Kill You” about the opioid addiction epidemic. She also produced the HBO documentary, “Risky Drinking,” a no-holds-barred look at alcohol use. She co-directed “A Conversation About Growing Up Black” as part of the “Conversation on Race” series for The New York Times Op-Docs. Other films include HBO’s “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.,” “The Education of Dee Dee Ricks,” “Prison Dogs” and “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers.” Perri hosts “The Perri Peltz Show” and “Doctor Radio Reports” for the SiriusXM satellite network. Before working in documentary films, Perri was an award-winning broadcast journalist for NBC, ABC, and CNN. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University’s School of Public Health and attended Brown University.