The Team

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Nausheen Dadabhoy (DIRECTOR, DP) is a Pakistani-American director and DP from Southern California. She received her MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. Since graduating Nausheen has moved seamlessly between the narrative and documentary world. Her latest work as a cinematographer includes JA’DORE NAWAL, for HBO documentaries, which premiered at Sundance (2018) while her last narrative film LA FEMME ET LE TGV (2016), was a live action short film Oscar nominee. Nausheen’s other work includes Emmy Award winning ARMED WITH FAITH (2018) and WAR TO BE HER (2016) which premiered at TIFF and aired on POV. THE GROUND BENEATH THEIR FEET (2014) — her directorial debut following two Pakistani women after the 2005 earthquake — premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition and was nominated for the OXFAM Global Justice Award. Nausheen has been a Film Independent Project:Involve Fellow (2011), a Berlin Talents participant (2017), Firelight Fellow (2018), and is a current Chicken & Egg Eggcelerator Lab (2019) participant. She part of DOCNYC’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list which features the talented and diverse voices in documentary filmmaking today.


Sofian Khan (PRODUCER) is the founder of Capital K Pictures, a New York-based production house. His short work has appeared on Field of Vision, The Fader, Al Jazeera, PBS, Fusion, NBC and The Atlantic. He is a 2016 MacArthur Documentary Grant recipient for his film THE INTERPRETERS (2018), the film will broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens series. His previous film GAUCHO DEL NORTE (2015), was a Jerome Foundation grant recipient. It aired on PBS’ America ReFramed series.

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Heba Elorbany (PRODUCER) is a journalist and filmmaker based in New York. In addition to making documentary films and videos, she produces audio stories and is the technical director of Radio Ambulante’s live shows. She earned her master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she completed the documentary concentration of the program. There, she directed, shot, edited and produced her first documentary, LIFEHOUSE (2017), which earned her the Dupont-Crichton Award from Columbia University. She is currently one of the producers of WITHOUT FAIL a podcast by Gimlet Media.


Jonathan Duffy (CONSULTING PRODUCER) is an award winning creative producer recently nominated for the 2019 Piaget Producers Award. Jonathan's upcoming feature work includes LIGHT FROM LIGHT (Sundance 2019), THE SOUND OF SILENCE (Sundance 2019), and BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (Sundance 2019). His past work in the feature film space includes: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (Sundance 2018), THE LONG DUMB ROAD (Sundance 2018), and 1985 (SXSW 2018) to name a few.


Ramona Diaz (MENTOR) is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker best known for compelling character-driven documentaries. Her films have screened and won awards at Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and many other top-tier film festivals. She has received funding from ITVS, Center for Asian American Media, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult Film Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures.


Nels Bangerter (MENTOR) is a film editor. His work includes CAMERAPERSON, winner of Cinema Eye Honors and International Documentary Association Best Editing awards. LET THE FIRE BURN, Independent Spirit Awards' Truer Than Fiction Award winner, and winner of Best Editing awards from the IDA, Cinema Eye, and Tribeca Film Festival. He has been nominated twice for News and Documentary editing Emmys. Nels has been an advisor at the Sundance Labs and has shared his experience on panels at Tribeca, Sundance, IDFA, Full Frame, and True/False Film Festivals.