Films - samandre

Films

Here: Maasailand

Kenya. February 6th, 2019. 


Film I directed, produced, and shot in co production with The Front

The World Health Organization estimates that 3 million children are at risk for female genital mutilation evert year—and there are 200 million survivors living with trauma and pain. Meet the Maasai Sisters, a collective in Kajiado, Kenya that rescues girls from female genital mutilation and works to raise a new generation of leaders to end the practice—by any means necessary.

Cutting Season

Kenya. Winter 2015-2018

"Cutting Season” provides an intimate look into a new generation of Maasai girls caught in between traditions and their fight for education and freedom.

Daughters of Emmonak



Alaska. Fall 2013

A documentary  short about a Yupik Eskimo woman working to stop domestic abuse in her small village of Emmonak, Alaska.





Yellowbone: Preview

 South Africa. Summer 2014

An intimate look at the issue of modern day skin bleaching within the context of South Africa’s history of apartheid.



When a Tree Falls

India. Summer 2014. 

Thirty years since the Sikh genocide of 1984, Human Rights Watch published that the Indian Government has yet to prosecute those responsible for the mass killings. Through eyewitness accounts and historians it becomes clear that the killings of 1984 are not an isolated event but rather a devastating reoccurring trend in Indian politics.



Red


California. Spring 2014. 

A personal story about my friendship with an old man as he faces one of life's hardest challenges. 

Finding Home

California. Spring 2013. 

A vibrant family of Somalian refugees struggle to adapt to their new California lifestyle after being given a chance to escape from their war-torn home


 Festivals: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival/Chagrin Documentary Film Festival/Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. 


Breathe Life

California. Spring 2012

A family of five children from which three are affected with the incurable disease of Cystic Fibrosis find solace in surfing. 


Festivals:  PBS National Online Film Festival 2013/PBS So-Cal Broadcast/2012 Cecil Award at Chapman University’s Dodge College/Best Documentary of the Year/International Student Film Festival Hollywood 2013/Best Documentary Winner/Sedona International Film Festival/Newport Beach Film Festival/Red Rocks Film Festival 2013/Anchorage International Film Festival.  

The Lions of London

London. Summer 2013. 


A historical documentary commissioned by the 2013 Sikh Lens Film festival which recounts the history of Sikh contributions to the World Wars.


Dick The Butcher

California. Fall 2013.

An cinema vérité style documentary about Dick the Butcher in Joshua Tree California shot entirely on 16mm film. 

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